The French Senate will launch an investigation into TikTok.
According to a statement from Senator Claude Malhuret’s office, the French Senate will establish a commission to examine the use and influence-peddling tactics of the Chinese social media business TikTok.
According to Claude Malhuret, the lead senator on the subject, the committee of inquiry will seek to clarify whether TikTok pushes particular content in some regions of the world, excluding China, in order to harm its overseas users or not.
The platform’s responsibility to safeguard personal data will also be examined.
Because it has more active users than is required by the Digital Services Act, China’s well-known social media app is under review in Europe, where it is likely to be subject to harsher EU online content laws (DSA).
Related: A Democratic senator asks Apple and Google to get rid of the app TikTok.
The internet site is also being criticised in the US, where a US House panel prepares to vote on a bill to forbid its usage there next month.
The panel, which was established yesterday night by a gathering of the leaders of the political parties in the Senate, will begin operations on March 1 with 19 senators.