DOJ Now Investigating TikTok?

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( – On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) referred a complaint against the social media app TikTok to the Department of Justice. The complaint is dealing with a children’s safety violation coming from a compliance review that had been set after the 2019 settlement with TikTok, formerly known as 

The FTC noted that following an investigation they believe that the defendants have been in violation, or are expected to violate the law which is why they opted to refer the case to the Department of Justice. It is unusual for the FTC to make a public announcement regarding a complaint that has been referred, however, in the statement it is noted that the announcement has been made as it is considered a “matter of public interest.” 

A spokesperson for TikTok has argued that the company has worked with the FTC for over a year to address its concerns and that it is “disappointed” that litigation is being pursued. They added that the agency should have continued to work with the platform in order to find a “reasonable solution.” 

In a statement, the spokesperson also expressed strong disagreement with the allegations of the FTC, many of which are connected to past practices and events that are not accurate and have not been addressed. They added that they are committed to protecting children and that the platform will continue to be updated and improved. 

In 2019, TikTok had to pay $5.7 million as part of a settlement after it was alleged that the company had illegally collected the information of minors. 

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