TikTok is under fire in India over alleged cyberbullying
February 13, 2019 08:30 PM NPT
Most of us know TikTok – the app that allows users to create 15-second videos – as a place for silly (and sometimes cringy) videos created by teenagers.
But, there’s another side to it filled with sexually explicit content and cyberbullying. Now, and the Indian state of Tamilnadu wants to ban the app while alleging that it causes “cultural degradation.” On Tuesday, the south Indian state’s IT minister, M Manikandan, said the state is planning to block TikTok and urge the country’s government to ban it as well.
According to a report, a counselor working with a distress line in southern India received 36 calls just in December month from children who were allegedly bullied on the platform. Last October, a 24-year-old man jumped in front of a train after he was mocked for posting a video to TikTok in which he dressed as a woman. Another teen reportedly committed suicide in Mumbai after her grandmother scolded her for using the app.
In response, the company said that it’ll hire an officer to handle bullying grievances:
Another app, Bigo Live, which claims to have over 150 million users worldwide, is also reportedly filled with obscene content. It’ll be interesting to see what steps the Tamilnadu government takes to ban TikTok. We’ve previously seen in the Porn Ban case that these blocks are easy to circumvent with a few simple tricks.
Recently, the company ran a campaign to educate users about safety on the platform, as well. But if we’re right back here again so soon, something mustn’t have stuck