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Madras HC directs Centre to ban TikTok for inappropriate videos on app

Madras HC directs Centre to ban TikTok for inappropriate videos on app

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has passed an order directing the Centre to prohibit the downloading of the mobile application TikTok, Bar and Bench reported.

Tik Tok is a popular mobile application that allows users to create short lip-synced videos.

A bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar also prohibited the media from telecasting videos made using the app and asked the central government whether it will enact a statute, like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act enacted by the United States, to prevent children becoming cyber or online victims

Recent Developments:

A Madras High Court order asking the government ban popular Chinese video app TikTok, saying it was "encouraging pornography", was challenged in the Supreme Court today.

The court, however, refused an urgent hearing, as requested by a senior lawyer and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and said it will come up in due course.

Tik Tok

TikTok, which was launched in 2016 and became the number one in 2018 in music sharing category. It is a social video app owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Co.

It reached the one billion download mark in February. It was the fourth most-downloaded non-game app in 2018.

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