TikTok enables users to create and share short videos with special effects. Those in favour of the ban called its content as inappropriate.
Some time back, the Madras HC had asked the central government to ban TikTok saying it encouraged pornography and that sexual predators could target child users. The federal government sent a letter requesting Apple and Google to abide by the state court’s order.
The NGO, Internet Freedom Foundation has written a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) calling app bans disproportionate and said there is an urgent need to commence a policy dialogue and indicate a way forward to ensure the benefits of digital tools and technologies can be harnessed by a large section of Indians while mitigating harms.
As per latest reports, TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India and more than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019 alone.
The Madras HC has directed TikTok owner company Bytedance to file its report and the case will heard on 24 April.
Apar Gupta, executive director at Internet Freedom Foundation said: "We have also copied the letter to the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. We have said there may be a range of harms such as cyber bullying, paedophilia, impact on adolescent health and privacy harms which need to be considered. But, app bans impact free speech, rights of assembly, entertainment etc. So, the government should not do that and should consider harms in a policy framework."