According to reports, the Government of Goa is taking steps to keep students away from a popular video app TikTok as well as the online battle-royale game PUBG. Goa CM Pramod Sawant told the Goa legislative Assembly on Monday that the state government has taken steps to discourage the use of TikTok and PUBG among students.
Responding to a question from Congress MLA Ravi Naik, Sawant, in a written reply tabled during the ongoing Monsoon session, quoted a circular issued by the state Director of Education Nagaraj Honnekeri.
The circular says that awareness needs to be created among parents and guardians about the social media apps in the interest of safety and security of students.
"...awareness needs to be created among the parents, guardians and the children should not to download or use Tik Tok app and PUBG game. The app and the game create the issue of safety and security of children in the state of Goa," the circular reads, adding that preventive measures may be of "great help in saving lives".
Last month, Ministry of Electronics and IT threatened to ban TiKTok and its sister app Helo in India in response to serious allegations by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch that both the apps are being used for anti-national activities.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government is also calling for a ban on TikTok in light of media reports on deaths of users.
In February, TikTok was briefly banned by the Madras High Court's Madurai bench over the concerns of "encouraging pornography" through its platform. The ban was later revoked and TikTok promised to improve the overall app experience and environment.
(With inputs from IANS)