Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, WhatsApp and X have faced fines that amounted to around 2.9 billion Euros. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that 4 out of these 13 fines had to do with the mishandling of children’s data by these firms. Meta alone had to pay out 2.6 billion from the total, which just goes to show that the Mark Zuckerberg owned company is refusing to comply with GDPR, preferring instead to pay fines as and when required.
TikTok faced two more fines in 2023. The first of these was due to the platform allowing children under the age of 13 to create accounts, and the second was similar to Instagram’s in that children’s profiles were set to public. The lack of informed consent is the biggest issue here, and it has led to TikTok having to pay over 360 million Euros in fines.
Meanwhile, X paid the lowest in fines, amounting to just 450,000 Euros in total. Furthermore, platforms like YouTube, Reddit, Linked Pinterest and Snapchat were able to evade fines by complying with the regulations, which just goes to show that some companies are taking GDPR more seriously than others.
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