The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), the union ministry in-charge of supervising the activities of online media, has asked both Apple and Google to take the Tik Tok app down from their App stores.
TikTok is an app that lets you share short videos. The idea is to use dance or lip sync to background music or movie dialogues to create the most viral clip. Lately though, the app has faced backlash for exposing younger audiences to sleazy content and being "inappropriate".
The Ministry’s anti-TikTok move is soon after the Madras High Court directed the central government to ban the app TikTok, claiming it "encourages pornography". An SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is going to hear the matter on Tik Tok on April 22. As the Supreme Court has refused to put a stay on the order, so the app is officially expected to be taken offline.
TikTok has been all the rage lately, both across the world and in India. Of its approximately half a billion users, at least 119 million are estimated to be Indian. And those are all mostly kids and teenagers.
Mostly though, because of the unusually high number of older men on the app in India, it's been accused of being an idyllic breeding ground for pedophiles. But whether or not a ban would even fix this problem is a different question entirely, one we've written about before.
For its part, TikTok doesn't agree with the accusations or the ban, calling it "disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary." TikTok is an immensely popular video sharing app that boasts of about 0.5 billion users, over 119 million of whom are in India. The bulk of these users are children and teenagers.