Previously this month, the Madras High Court (MHC) instructed the central government to ban the addictive app TikTok, claiming it “encourages pornography”.
But now, it seems that the Supreme Court has did not put a stay on the order, so the mobile app is officially expected to be taken offline.
An SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi posted the information for an April 22 hearing as it will be heard in Madras High Court today. For time being, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has asked both Apple and Google to take the app down from their respective platforms.
TikTok has been one heck of an addictive app of late across the world. It has been learnt that out of half a billion users, at least 119 million are known to be Indian and those are all kids and teenagers (majority wise)
TikTok is an app that allows you to share short clips and the idea is to use dance or lip sync to ‘background music or movie dialogues’ to create the most viral clip. Recently, the app faced a massive backlash for exposing younger ones to “inappropriate” content.
For its part, TikTok doesn’t agree with the accusations or the ban, calling it “disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary.” Without taking blame for the controversy, the company says it’s been working on bringing content filters and moderation, and now has deleted “over 6 million videos that violated the ToS in India.”