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EU’s Breton tells TikTok CEO to ramp up efforts against disinformation

EU flag and TikTok logo are seen in this illustration taken, June 2, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

On Monday, EU Industry Chief Thierry Breton gave Shou Zi Chew instructions to increase efforts to combat false information on the platform for sharing short videos.

Breton last month gave TikTok, which is under the control of ByteDance in China, until October 25 to submit details about its crisis response procedures. The firm was also instructed to submit a report by November 8 regarding how it safeguards minors and election integrity on its platform.

The European Commissioner cited updates to TikTok’s platform in recent months, including adding new user protection measures and investments in content moderation, safety, and trust.

After speaking with Chew via video conference, Breton sent a written statement to Reuters stating, “My services and I are now investigating whether this is enough to ensure compliance with the DSA (Digital Services Act).”

“Because now more than ever, we must spare no effort to protect our citizens—especially children and teenagers—against illegal content and disinformation,” he stated.

Tuesday in Brussels is Chew’s meeting with EU Vice President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and EU antitrust director Didier Lenders.

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