The central department has been asked by the Madras high court to ban the most famous Chinese video app TikTok, saying that it was “encouraging pornography.” The order also directs the media from telecasting the videos which are made with the help of this app.
TikTok is an app that allows the users to share and create a short video with the special effects and has around more than 55 million monthly active users in India.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, which has been hearing a petition against the app today said that the children who were using the TikTok app were vulnerable to exposure to the sexual predators.
The judges have also directed the central government to respond before the 16th of April if it would neglect any regulations such as the Children Online Privacy Protection Act in the US to prevent the children becoming online victims.
“We are happy about the interim order,” said Neelamegam, the petitioner’s lawyer.
The order also observed that the pranks which are made with the help of this app could violate the privacy and security.
TikTok which was launched in 2019, is a social media video application owned by the Bejing based Bytedance company. It reached the one billion mark in the month of February itself. It was the fourth most downloaded non-game app in 2018.