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A circle of 12 gold stars representing the European Union. The Digital Services Act strikes again. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

TikTok Lite users in Europe will have to find another way to earn an extra 38 cents a day.

The light version of the TikTok app, which launched in two EU countries a couple of weeks ago, included a reward feature that paid users a small amount each day to engage with videos. European regulators launched an inquiry soon after, citing the feature’s potential for encouraging addiction — particularly in young people. TikTok responded today by suspending the feature in the EU while it addresses the investigation.

TikTok Lite is designed as a lightweight alternative to the main TikTok app for easier use on slow internet connections. It has been available in parts of Asia for years and became available in France and Spain earlier this month....

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