Indiana has filed two lawsuits against Chinese social media platform TikTok.
Attorney General Todd Lokita said the lawsuit “protects children and combats threats from China.”
“The TikTok app is a malicious and threatening threat unleashed on unsuspecting Indiana consumers by a Chinese company that fully understands the harm it is causing its users,” said Attorney General Rokita in a press release. “We hope these two lawsuits will force TikTok to stop its false, deceptive and misleading practices that violate Indiana state law.”
The TikTok app is a malicious and threatening threat unleashed on unsuspecting Indiana consumers by a Chinese company fully aware of the harm it poses to its users. Read more: https://t.co/uaUTdSAzXd
— Todd Rokita (@AGToddRokita) December 7, 2022
According to Rokita’s office, the first lawsuit alleges that TikTok lures children onto the platform. There are many extreme examples of such material. ”
The lawsuit alleges that providing safe and appropriate applications for 13-year-olds is “an integral part of TikTok’s business model.”
TikTok currently has a 12+ rating on the Apple App Store and a ‘T’ for a ‘teen’ rating on the Google Play and Microsoft Stores.
The second lawsuit alleges that “TikTok possesses a large amount of highly sensitive data and personal information about consumers in Indiana, and consumers claim that this information is protected from the Chinese government and Communist Party.” is deceiving.”
The lawsuit states, “TikTok says its platform is all about spreading joy. But the more TikTok videos consumers watch and the more content they create and share, the more , TikTok learns more about consumers, including their interests, location, type of phone they own, mobile apps, contacts, facial features, voiceprints, and even “Where are you looking at your smartphone?”
“In more ways than one, TikTok represents an obvious current danger that Hoosiers hides in their own pockets. We have a duty to tell consumers the truth about data security, and we hope these lawsuits will help TikTok solve the problem and change its ways.”
Attorney General Lokita is seeking an emergency injunction and civil penalties against the company. He also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction.