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Brussels is poised to launch probes into TikTok and YouTube to see what steps they are taking to ensure protection of minors on their platforms, says an EU official with knowledge of the matter.

"The services of EU Commissioner Thierry Breton are preparing to launch additional investigations into platforms' compliance with the DSA regarding the protection of minors," the official said.

The DSA is the Digital Services Act, a new EU law that came into force in August this year and which requires big online platforms to regulate their content to prevent and remove illegal content and disinformation.

Breton has already overseen the launch of three probes last month into TikTok, X (formerly Twitter) and Meta, owner of Facebook, to seek information on "illegal content and disinformation" they may have allowed to circulate relating to the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel.

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