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TikTok monitors European data centers under regulatory pressure.

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Chinese social media company TikTok plans to open two more data centers in Europe, according to executives. This could ease concerns about user data security and reduce regulatory pressure on the company.TikTok has tried to reassure governments and regulators that the Chinese Communist Party and others under the influence of Beijing cannot access users’ personal information or alter its content.

The company on Friday also reported an average of 125 million monthly active users in the European Union between August 2022 to January 2023, subjecting it to stricter EU online content rules known as the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA labels companies with more than 45 million users as very large online platforms and requires them to do risk management, external and independent auditing, share data with authorities and researchers, and adopt a code of conduct. The European Commission had given online platforms and search engines until February 17 to publish their monthly active users. Very large online platforms have four months to comply with the rules or risk fines.

Average monthly logged-in users were 278.6 million on Google Maps, 274.6 million on Google Play, 332 million on Google Search, 74.9 million on Shopping, and 401.7 million on YouTube. Earlier this week, Meta Platforms reported that in the last six months of 2022, Facebook in the EU will have average monthly active users of 255 million while Instagram will have around 250 million average monthly active users.


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