CHENNAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Central Government to prohibit the download of Chinese video share mobile application Tik Tok on grounds that it serves as a platform for the distribution of explicit and inappropriate content likely to harm children.
A division bench comprising justice N and justice SS Sundar have also directed media organizations in the interim order to not “telecast the videos made using the Tik Tok mobile app.,” besides directing the Centre to respond on whether a legislation similar to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, as in the US, can be brought in India.
“It is said that Tik Tok App., is mostly played by the teenagers and young people and it has proved to be an addictive one. “It is said that Tik Tok App., is mostly played by the teenagers and young people and it has proved to be an addictive one. By becoming addicted to Tik Tok App., and similar Apps., or cyber games, the future of the youngsters and mind set of the children are spoiled,” the court observed in its interim order delivered on Wednesday. The petition, which has sought the banning of Tik Tok, has been posted for further hearing on April 16.
Tik Tok is owned by Chinese internet firm Bytedance. In February, Tamil Nadu Information Technology minister M Manigandan had told the Assembly that a recommendation will be made to the Centre to consider banning Tik Tok in the state.