00:42 GMT14 August 2020
Listen Live
    India
    Get short URL
    0 31
    Subscribe

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Chinese micro-video sharing app TikTok has the highest number of users in India at 200 million. However, the app remains plagued by controversy for its content, which has been branded as culturally degrading.

    Videos promoting sexual violence, acid attacks and domestic violence on the Chinese micro-video sharing app have incited demands that it be banned on Twitter, with the hashtag #IndiansAgainstTikTok trending on social media as objectionable content has drawn flak from netizens.

    On Tuesday, India’s National Women’s Commission took note of a video from TikTok star Faizal Siddiqui promoting acid attacks. It is not just the objectionable content that has become problematic; a lot of people believe that the Chinese app is leading youngster to forego more productive pursuits.

    ​A petition is also doing the rounds seeking ban on the app from the Indian government.

    ​Following the heated debate on social media, the app has released a statement stating that they are removing content which violates their policies and urged users to act responsibly.

    Ever since the video of the acid attack surfaced on social media platforms, the rating of the app has fallen by two stars on Google Play Store.

    However, this is not the first time that the Chinese video app has come under fire for its content. Last year, the Madras High Court banned the app over child pornography concerns and allegations of cultural degradation; the ban was later removed, albeit with some regulatory caveats. The app has also been accused of allowing videos that could trigger communal violence.

    In September 2019, TikTok was the most downloaded social media app worldwide, with close to 60 million installs. According to an update from marketing intelligence firm Sensor Tower in November 2019, with over 200 million users, India had become the biggest market for TikTok with 44 percent of total downloads.

    The app has raised several security concerns regarding personal data in India and the US, where an official investigation was launched into the multi-media platform.

    Related:

    India's TikTok Star Faizal Siddiqui Draws Flak on Twitter For Video 'Promoting' Acid Attack on Women
    India's Women's Rights Authorities Want Govt to Ban Tik-Tok in Response to Objectionable Content
    TikTok is Booming Amid Global Lockdown But Are They Doing Enough to Remove 'Racist' Videos?  
    Tags:
    twitter, Social Media, App, TikTok, India
    Community standardsDiscussion