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Monday, 22 April 2019 10:48

TikTok ban: IAMAI calls it ‘arbitrary’; says it will slow FDI

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 Reacting the Chinese app TikTok’s ban, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said the ban is "arbitrary" and it could impede foreign direct investment and affect expansion of the digital India initiative.

Its statement was in response to the "recent ban by the MeiTY on the order of a High Court. As reported earlier, the Madras High Court on April 3, 2019, had directed the Centre to ban TikTok, saying it was evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such mobile applications.

The app is owned by Chinese firm Bytedance, and has over 120 million users in India and is popular among youngsters. 

The association added: "The association was of the view that such bans dilutes nay negate the safe harbour provisions currently contained in the IT Act and its Rules and make it impossible for them to operate in the country. Especially affected would be the so-called social media platforms which allow citizens to express themselves."

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