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TikTok app banned in India

TikTok app banned in India

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Why In News?

After Madras High Court has banned the option to download TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, has been vanished from Google and Apple app stores in India.

 Why TikTok has been banned?

  • Parents, in different reports, have expressed concern that since interaction with strangers is possible via the app. These factors have surely drawn the attention of sexual predators and other elements on the app.
  • Is it because it was previously banned in Indonesia and Bangladesh? Or is it because of the demographic that TikTok attracts, which is a large number of children and youngsters? The matter of great concern is that despite the age limit of 13 years, children of all ages are using the app. So who is to be actually blamed?

Court’s reasons for the Interim ban of TikTok

  • The order of the Madras High Court gives a list of its reasons for the ban, including concern of availability of pornographic content, exposure of children to sexual predators, persons being made subject to mockery or pranks, violation of privacy and its addictive tendency among youngsters.
  • Court also stated that ‘…By becoming addicted to TikTok App, and similar apps or cyber games, the future of the youngsters and mindset of the children are spoiled’.
  • However, ByteDance argued that a very small amount of content i.e. 0.0006%, is flagged as inappropriate by users, and the remaining is legitimate content. If true, then it must be taken into account when imposing a ban on the app.
  • There are various other cases, which dealt with similar content related problems on other sites. The outcome did not lead to a ba but instead led to a direction to find a way to deal with the content.

Some Possible Reasons for Its Ban:

  • A 24-year-old Chennai citizen allegedly committed suicide on Oct. 17, 2018, due to the harassment by TikTok users for posting videos of him in female attire.
  • On Jan. 01, 2019, S Ramadoss, founder of the PattaliMakkalKatchi party in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state, asked the state government to ban the app as it leads to sexual perversity and distracts youngsters.
  • M Manikandan, Tamil Nadu’s minister of IT, on Feb. 11, has said his state will ask the central government to ban TikTok across the country for “degrading culture and encouraging pornography.”
  • A college student dies on Feb. 22 and two of his friends are severely injured, after their motorcycle rams into a truck while making a TikTok video.
  • An Advocate Muthu Kumar files a plea in the Madras high court to ban TikTok over the circulation of pornography on ts platform and exposure of children to sensitive content.
  • A 19-year-old Delhi resident is accidentally shot dead by his friend while posing with a pistol for a TikTok video on a car ride.

Additional References

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/tiktok-vanishes-from-google-apple-app-stores-in-india-after-ban/article26863026.ece

Mains Questions

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