TikTok deletes 6 million videos post ban request by Madras HC to centre. Full story.

TikTok deletes 6 million videos post ban request by Madras HC to center. Full story.

TikTok (previously musically) AKA Douyin is an extremely popular short video sharing media platform. Launched in 2016 by ByteDance, the app gained popularity in late 2017 and early 2018 post its launch in Asia, the U.S. and other parts of the world. With over 500 million Global monthly active users, TikTok became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in September 2018. Soon it became the most downloaded application on the Apple app store.

TikTok even surpassed PUBG Mobile, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Instagram in terms of downloads in a quarter. The app allows users to create and share short videos using catchy audios in the background. TikTok has been observed to be very addictive. Users also mimic famous celebrities using audio clips of famous or funny dialogues in the background. 

Roasters like Pewdiepie and Carryminati Against TikTok

Although TikTok continues to bust charts in terms of downloads or users, the application has been criticized to be useless and irresponsible since its inception. Famous influencers and YouTubers like Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg AKA Pewdiepie and Ajay Nagar AKA Carryminati with over 93 million and 6.5 million subscribers respectively have been known to defame the application. In fact, there's a very good chance of TikTok being banned in India very soon for various reasons. India isn’t the only country calling for a ban on TikTok, previously the app was banned in Indonesia (now repealed), Bangladesh and the application's origin country China too. 

But one may ask, why is a simple short video sharing platform hated so much? Why are Indian lawmakers seeking a ban on the game like China and Bangladesh?

Well, for a vast number of reasons. 
About 39% of the video streaming platform’s users are from India, mostly between the ages of 16 to 24. In February 2019 a report which tracks organic user acquisition found that 43 % of the app's new users were from India.
Millions of videos are shared on the platform on a daily basis and it is impossible to censor everyone of them. That is why the amount of vulgarity and sexual content on the platform surfaces very easily. An investigation by the BBC found that hundreds of sexual comments and videos were being shared on TikTok by teenagers and children. Even though the app requires that users are at least 13 years old to use it or those under the age of 18 have the approval of a parent or guardian, hundreds of underaged users have been found on the application. Adultery and sexual comments can prove to be a negative factor for these kids. 
There are videos of users dancing dangerously in front of moving cars for different challenges which may or may not be entertaining but are definitely dangerous.
Karnataka State Commission for Women was one of the first to seek a ban on the app and are set to file a petition in the Karnataka High Court. Another such petition was filed in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court prohibited the downloading of the app, citing child safety concerns.

PIL on TikTok

The High Court stated that the social network was responsible for ‘encouraging pornography’. And keep in mind that there are underaged users on the app the download prohibition was enforced. Another feature of the app is the creation of split-screen videos where a user can use videos by another user on the one half and create their own content for the other side. This too was put into notice by the HC stating that this was leaving children vulnerable to sexual predators and
encouraging pedophiles. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed against TikTok alleging that it contains obscene material.

TikTok's response to ban situation

The owners have responded by saying that they will commit to ‘abiding by local laws and regulations.’ They also said “Maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment at TikTok is our priority. We have robust measures to protect users against misuse, protect their privacy and digital wellbeing. This includes easy reporting mechanisms that enable users and law enforcement to report content that violates our terms of use and comprehensive Community Guidelines. In order
to better coordinate with law enforcement agencies, we have appointed a Chief Nodal Officer based out of India.”
TikTok deleted 6 million videos from the platform saying that those violated TikTok's community guidelines. Maybe these are TikTok's initial steps to improve and prevent a potential ban in India.
Another World famous app that is as the risk of getting banned in India is PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds better known as PUBG.

Read our article on PUBG ban in Nepal and Gujrat, India. 

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