TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly, is facing legal troubles in India after Madras High Court asked the government to ban the video-sharing platform in the country for "encouraging pornography." Of late, TikTok is coping with similar conditions in several countries. Indonesia and Bangladesh have already imposed a ban on TikTok.
Earlier, TikTok agreed to pay $5.7 million fine to Federal Trade Commission in a settlement over allegations of violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As a result, TikTok is now restricting underage users below the age of 13 from using the app.
TikTok is created, owned and operated by China’s Bytedance. It allows users to create and share short video clips with special effects. Of late, TikTok has become a viral sensation in rural India.
It comes weeks after Tamil Nadu Information Technology minister M Manikandan said that the state will seek the centre’s help to ban the video-sharing platform that reportedly misleads children and youth.
TikTok is currently awaiting the official order by Madras High Court. TikTok said that it will take appropriate action after reviewing the court order. TikTok also maintains that it has “robust measures to protect users against misuse, protect their privacy and digital wellbeing.”
Here’s a full statement by TikTok:
In February, the head of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Information Technology Amit Malviya said the party was tracking TikTok conversations and it was "a brilliant medium for creative expression."