On TikTok, there is a challenge known by the hashtag #scarfgame or #jeudufoulard. This black out challenge consists of wrapping a scarf or a belt around your neck by testing your ability to breathe.
Recently, in Italy, a 10-year-old girl gave up her soul because of this practice. In response to news of little Antonella's death, the Italian government has decided to ban the Chinese video sharing and social networking application.
In fact, the Italian Data Protection Authority has announced that it will block TikTok, a decision that will take effect from February 15, 2021. The institution requires the social network to establish rigorous measures regarding the verification of the age of users. The Palermo public prosecutor's office has also reportedly launched an investigation procedure to verify whether there was no incitement to suicide.
For its part, TikTok said it was ready to cooperate for the advancement of the investigation. Antonella's phone was seized by the police. The data that the device contains should allow us to learn more about the circumstances of his death.
Her parents did not know she was participating in this game
Normally, you must be at least 13 years old to be eligible to join the platform followed by 100 million subscribers in Europe. However, the young Sicilian seems to have managed to easily get around this rule.
She was found unconscious by her 5-year-old sister in the family bathroom. Her parents immediately took her to the Children's Hospital in Palermo, but she did not survive.
The parents of the girl would not have been aware of the fact that she was participating in this particular challenge. Her father believed she would log onto the platform for choreography and to watch videos only.
“But how could I imagine this atrocity? My daughter, my little Antonella who dies from extreme gambling on TikTok: how can I accept it? "
For secure age verification of users
Recall that the Italian Data Protection Authority had already lodged a complaint against the Chinese site in 2019. It had mainly focused on four points:
"The lack of attention to the protection of minors, the ease of getting around the ban on registering for the little ones, the insufficient transparency and clarity of the information given to users as well as the predefined settings that do not respect the privacy ” .
Now the Italian authorities want TikTok to require its users and aspirants to present proof of their age before they can join.