According to reports, TikTok craze recently led to an arrest of a 32-year-old Delhi man named Faizan after a TikTok video of him firing in the air to celebrate his birthday went viral. Earlier this week, Delhi police swung into action receiving information about the video. Here's what happened:
Following the investigation, Police found out that the video was recorded on Saturday evening in Delhi's Chandni Mahal area when Faizan was celebrating his 32nd birthday.
In the video, Faizan was seen firing in the air with a gun in his hand. The video was first recorded and uploaded on ByteDance's viral video app, which later went viral on other social media platforms
When the video went viral, Faizan disappeared from his house and hid himself to evade arrest. Faizan was later arrested from Akhade Wali Gali and a countrymade pistol used in the alleged firing was recovered from his possession, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
Police interrogation further revealed Faizan took a countrymade pistol from some in Chandni Mahal area, recorded the video of him firing in the air and uploaded it on TikTok. According to Police, Faizan fired in the air "to make himself famous on social media and the society."
Police have registered the case and said they are tracking down the source weapon used in TikTok's video.
Experts believe the reasons why TikTok is so addictive in nature is how it connects to the youth and TikTok has successfully connected with youngsters by offering them exactly what they crave: Entertainment and instant fame.
In the past, TikTok craze has led to many shocking incidents and controversies in the country, with various government authorities in the country pinning the blame on the Chinese video app.
Last month, Ministry of Electronics and IT threatened to ban TikTok and its sister app Helo in India in response to allegations by RSS' Swadeshi Jagran Manch that both the apps are being used for anti-national activities.
Earlier this year, Madras High Court had briefly banned TikTok over the concerns of "encouraging pornography" through its platform. The order was later lifted.
(With inputs from PTI)