Ban Tik Tok as it encourages sex & pornography | Madras High Court asks Centre

The Hush Post | 12:34 | Two-minute read

Chinese video app Tik Tok’s Indian users might not be able to use the app in future as the Madras High court has asked the Centre to ban it. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court also directed the media to not telecast videos made using by the app.

While hearing a petition against the app, the bench said on Wednesday that children who were using Tik Tok were vulnerable to exposure to sexual predators. The court observed that the dangerous aspect of the Tik Tok is the ‘inappropriate content and there is a possibility of the children contacting strangers directly.

The court also asked the centre whether it will enact a statute, like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act enacted by the US to prevent children becoming online victims.

Justice N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar have also directed the central government to respond before April 16.

The petition was filed by a Madurai based senior lawyer-cum-social activist Muthu Kumar. Citing pornography, cultural degradation, child abuse, suicides, he had requested the court to direct a ban on Tik Tok.

Tik Tok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and has over 54 million monthly active users in India.

Tik Tok was among the internet companies that recently agreed to come up with a model code document for themselves on the lines of the model code of conduct for the upcoming national election and for the future, in an attempt to curb fake news on social media.

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