A blanket ban has been issued on the immensely popular app TikTok, which was mired in controversy for publishing sleazy and filthy content. Just last week, the Madras High Court banned it in the state, which was a result of a PIL filed. Out of the 0.5 billion users, over 119 million are from India. Children and teenagers are the most exposed to this app.
After the Supreme Court refused to stay the Madras High Court order asking the Centre to ban the controversial app, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) ordered a blanket ban of the app. Now, the government has asked Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their respective app stores. Though MeitY’s order will stop others from downloading the app, people who have already downloaded it will still be able to use it, regardless. iOS app store has plenty of measures and security but Android lets users bypass such conditions with a simple install from unknown sources.
ByteDance, the owner of TikTok clarified its stance saying it was an app which was similar to other social media platform and singling it out was discriminatory and arbitrary. This isn’t the first time TikTok has come under fire. Previously, US, UK, Hong Kong, and Indonesia has also alleged that the app is dangerous for children which exposes them to nudity and forces them into committing acts without their will.
We will keep you informed on further development. Do you think banning TikTok is a solution or open a whole new can of worms? Let us know in the comments below.