The body that deals with the protection of private data in Italy has ordered the “immediate” blocking of the TikTok accounts of these users who aren’t certain that they’re under 13 years aged, after the death of a ten-year-old girl during a challenge. The agency (GPDP) ordered on Friday night that the utilization of knowledge be blocked for the instant until February 15 of the profiles of these users whose age information isn’t available. The minimum age to access the favored video platform is 13 years old, consistent with its conditions.

Last December, the Italian GPDP had reproached TikTok for its scant attention to the protection of minors and therefore the ease with which they evaded the regulation, also because of the lack of transparency of the knowledge offered to users. The entity took this measure while waiting to receive a response from the social platform and to make sure the immediate protection of minors who use it in Italy.

The decision comes after a 10-year-old girl from the Sicilian city of Palermo (south) died of suffocation by tying a belt around her neck while participating during a challenge thereon social network. The girl, Antonella Sicomero, was discovered by her five-year-old sister in her home bathroom with a bathrobe belt tied around her neck and a radiator.

He was participating during a Tik Tok challenge referred to as a “blackout challenge”, during which the one that can last the longest without breathing wins. Somero suffered a faint and later a coma. She was transferred to the Giovanni Di Cristina children’s hospital in Palermo, where the doctors informed the family that it had been unlikely that the girl would awaken and where they were offered the likelihood of donating the organs. Finally last Thursday his death was declared. The authorities are investigating the causes of the event