The Madras High Court has directed the state authorities to prohibit downloading of TikTok Mobile Application.
The bench comprising Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice SS Sundar has also prohibited media from telecasting the videos made using TikTok Mobile App.
The bench has also asked the Central Government whether it will enact a statue like Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by the United States, to prevent children becoming cyber/online victims.
The court was considering a petition seeking ban of TikTok. The petitioner contended that the app is degrading culture and encouraging pornography. He submitted before the court that the children, by using the said application, become vulnerable and exposed to sexual predators. Agreeing with the petitioner, the court observed that it is evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate contents are made available in this kind of applications. It said:
“The dangerous aspect is that inappropriate contents including language and pornography being posted in the TikTok App. There is a possibility of children contacting strangers directly and luring them. Without understanding the dangers involved in these kinds of Mobile Apps, it is unfortunate that are our children are testing with these Apps.
The court also took note of a report of fifteen year old committing suicide for being scolded for using TikTok. Another report of man falling in waterfalls while taking selfie for TikTok video, was also taken note of. The bench said:
“Before many tragic incidents would occur, the government has to take appropriate steps.The government has got the social responsibility to prevent these kinds of application and also take action against these the persons who are making use of it. It is always open to the authorities to take action without waiting for orders from this court.”