Indiana prosecutor accuses TikTok of misleading its users

Todd Rokita accuses the platform of minimizing to its users based in the United States the possibility that the Chinese authorities can have access to their personal data.

The Indiana State Attorney in the United States filed a complaint on Wednesday against the popular social network TikTok, accusing it of misleading users about data protection and the safety of content offered to children .

The application known for its short, musical or parody videos, is regularly the subject of criticism from the American authorities, who accuse it of its influence on minors or its links with China, its parent company being the Chinese company ByteDance.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed two complaints. The first accuses TikTok of minimizing to its US-based users the possibility that Chinese authorities may have access to their personal data.

“The company must tell the truth to its users”

More and more US states are banning officials from downloading the app to their office phones, with Texas saying on Wednesday it wants to take “aggressive action” against TikTok.

The company, for its part, regularly ensures that it has implemented protocols to never allow the Chinese authorities access to the data of its users based in the United States.

In a second complaint, the Indiana prosecutor accuses the group of misleading minors and their parents by claiming that the application “contains only content of a sexual nature, profanity or references to drugs on an ‘infrequent’ basis. or ‘moderate’ when in reality the application is full of extreme examples of this type of content”, according to a press release sent by its services.

“At a minimum, the company must tell its users the truth about the age-appropriateness of its content and the insecurity of the data it collects,” the prosecutor comments in the document. “We hope these lawsuits will force TikTok to come clean and change its ways,” he added.

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