The US state of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against the well-known social media app TikTok.
The parent firm of TikTok, ByteDance, has been charged by the state’s attorney general, Todd Rokita, with breaking consumer protection rules.
According to the state, the app doesn’t adequately protect young people’s privacy or safety.
TikTok asserted that it was confident it could allay US national security concerns and takes youth well-being into account in its regulations.
On Wednesday, Indiana filed two lawsuits. According to the first, the app exposes young users to objectionable content.
In the other case, Mr. Rokita similarly asserts that TikTok fails to disclose the possibility of the Chinese government accessing private user information.
‘TikTok is a wolf in sheep’s clothes,’ the court papers state.
“Those consumers and their privacy are easy targets as long as TikTok is allowed to confuse and mislead Indiana consumers about the risks to their data.”
According to the complaint, the algorithm of the app. Encourages the consumption of a wide range of inappropriate information. Including “depictions of drink, tobacco. And drugs; sexual content, nudity, and suggestive themes; and strong profanity.”
Additionally, it asserts that the age ratings of 12 and up on the Apple. And Google app stores confuse young consumers.
Indiana is seeking an injunction against its practices and civil penalties against the company for its “unfair and deceptive conduct.”
Mr. Rokita said a US state first launched the lawsuits against ByteDance.
A TikTok spokesperson said, “the safety, privacy, and security of our community is our top priority.”
The firm said the app has age-limiting and parental control features, and the company is investing in further content controls.
In addition, they said TikTok was confident it could address “all reasonable US national security concerns.”
The launch of the cases follows the drafting of legislation to outlaw TikTok by other US jurisdictions. The usage of TikTok on equipment utilize by state governments has been outlaw in Texas, South Dakota, and South Carolina.
The FBI director stated last month that TikTok is a national security risk.
Chinese law essentially requires businesses to “do whatever the government wants them to in terms of sharing information or serving as a tool of the Chinese government,” according to its director Chris Wray, who testified before the US House Homeland Security Committee.
The Biden administration has been in discussions with TikTok representatives for months to come to a national security deal to safeguard the data of its millions of US users.
Additionally, TikTok is running into legal issues overseas. The social media corporation could be fine $29 million ($27 million). In the UK, for failing to safeguard children’s privacy when they use the venue.
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