Tiktok is a China-based media application that allows users to create short videos and share on different social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, etc. It was launched in September 2016 as
The application gained huge popularity in a short period of time all over the world. In October 2018 it became the most downloaded app in U.S. Tiktok has more than 54 million monthly users in India.
On Wednesday a bench of Madras High Court judges headed by Justice N. Kirubakaran and S.S. Sundar has directed Center to ban the Tiktok application. The court has expressed concern that the app hosts inappropriate contents including, pornography, vulgar, violent contents which are available for the access of children.
In the official statement of court says, “it encourages pornography and exposes children to sexual predators.”
“Majority of the teens are playing pranks, gaffing around with duet videos, sharing the split screen to the strangers. The children who use the said application are vulnerable and may expose them to sexual predators. Without understanding the dangers involved in these kind of mobile apps. It is unfortunate that our children are testing with these apps.” The court added.
The bench of judges also directed the media organizations not to telecast the videos made with the Tiktok app.
This is not the first time that the concern raised regarding the ban of TikTok. Various countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia banned it or restricted the use of this app.