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Why TikTok Craze Among Police Officials Is Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

Written By Tanmay Patange | Mumbai | Published:

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  • TikTok has a very diversified user base in India. Of late, TikTok's craze among police officials has social media talking
  • Police have started putting ByteDance's viral video app to some good use as well. Recently, the Kerala police launched its official TikTok account

TikTok has a very diversified user base in India. Of late, TikTok's craze among police officials has social media talking. Last month, a TikTok video of an on-duty police officer dancing to a Bollywood song in a police station had gone viral resulting in her suspension. But that’s not to say, there isn’t any good coming out from all this. Police have started putting ByteDance's viral video app to some good use as well. Recently, the Kerala police launched its official TikTok account so that it can effectively raise social awareness about a range of issues by directly connecting with the state's young population. They have amassed 1.7 lakh followers on TikTok already.

"We welcome @TheKeralaPolice to TikTok. Your presence on TikTok will help inspire millions of youth to learn from the bravery & diligence that inspire the nation," TikTok India said on Twitter.

TikTok helped the police catch a habitual thief

Recently, TikTok videos helped the MP police in arresting a 'tech-savvy' thief who was engaged in multiple incidents of theft in running trains between February and March this year. The thief was very active on Facebook and he regularly used to upload his TikTok videos there. When the police learnt that he used more than three dozen stolen cell phones to record and upload his TikTok videos on Facebook, the MP Police sought help from the cyber cell, which provided CCTV camera footage and mobile surveillance leading to his capture.

Haryana police to use TikTok to raise public awareness

Earlier, the Haryana police announced they will launch a public awareness campaign on TikTok and other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to educate and alert people against online frauds and cybercrime. The Haryana police will educate and caution people to be careful about unsolicited and false offers received through emails, phone calls and SMS.

What's more, people would also be learning about general safety and security measures, cybercrime-related awareness, traffic rules awareness, spoof calls from abroad especially from Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries.

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