TikTok suspends rewards feature on Lite app in EU

TikTok has announced it is suspending the rewards program in its new Lite app in Europe while it addresses concerns raised by the European Union.

The video-sharing app operator made the announcement on Wednesday. The European Commission opened a probe into the program this month, citing concerns about its possible addictive effect on children.

TikTok Lite was launched in France and Spain in March. The rewards functions allow users to earn points while performing certain tasks on the app, such as watching videos and inviting friends to join. These points can be exchanged for rewards, such as Amazon vouchers.

The European Commission is asking TikTok to provide information for its investigation. The commission said it may impose fines if TikTok fails to reply to the commission's request and has communicated its intention to impose interim measures to suspend the program.

European Commissioner Thierry Breton said on X, "Our children are not guinea pigs for social media." He added, "I take note of TikTok's decision to suspend" the TikTok Lite rewards program in the EU.