TikTok, the social network of music videos, has been removed from the platforms for Android and iOS in India, following a ruling by the supreme court of the country. The decision has been made by the Ministry of technology and electronic information after seeing the investigations of the court on the presence of illegal content in the social network.
“TikTok continues to be present in the mobile devices of more than 120 million users in India.”
Specifically, the State has sued the Chinese company ByteDance, owner of TikTok, for allowing the dissemination of pornography within the social network, which is used by more than 120 million users in India, represented, mostly, by minors old.
In addition, the prosecution has also requested the issuance of a ruling that prohibits other technology companies and social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter, to disseminate content recorded or published on TikTok. The video app has tried to appeal against the measure, but, finally, the court has decided to apply the ruling.
TikTok has issued a statement reiterating the efforts of the app to erase this kind of illegal content. The directors of the social network have indicated that, in the past, they had already eliminated up to six million videos that violated their community regulations.
However, the statements have been inefficient in the face of such scandal and ByteDance has subsequently sent a rectification, noting that he trusted that the measures taken by the court would be the most favorable to the community of tiktokers.
This is not the first time that TikTok is involved in a scandal. Only at the beginning of this year, the company was fined with 5.7 million dollars for illegally collecting data on underage users in the United States.
The exposure of minors to pornographic content and irresponsible data reservation systems have contributed to the great debate about the responsibility of social networks and government interference in these matters.
In any case, the measures taken by the Indian court are insufficient. Despite its withdrawal from the download platforms, TikTok is still present in the mobile devices of more than 120 million active users in the country and through alternative download platforms that are compatible with the Android operating system.