Mumbai resident files PIL seeking a ban on TikTok for explicit content and 'tarnishing' Modi's image

Mumbai resident files PIL seeking a ban on TikTok for explicit content and 'tarnishing' Modi's image

Video sharing app TikTok is again in the news for all the wrong reasons. There was a PIL filed against the app that seeks to get the app permanently banned claiming that it is harming the youth of the country and is also 'tarnishing' the image of our Prime Minister'. The PIL was presented before Bombay High Court and the promoters of the app wanted the judge to quash the PIL.

Appearing on behalf of the app, senior counsel Milind Sathe, sought dismissal of the petition as it claimed that 'unfiltered sexual content' was being circulated on the application. While presenting his case, Sathe shared that there is a provision under The Information Technology Act through which any individual, who has any grievance regarding anything that is circulating online, then they can approach a nodal officer and seek that the content be taken down.

The plea was filed by a Mumbai resident Heena Darvesh and the bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and N R Borkar were hearing this the plea to dismiss. After hearing Sathe’s side, the bench has adjourned the matter and given three weeks to reply to the issue raised.

The next hearing is scheduled after three weeks in which further conversation will take place. In 2019 too, TikTok had made headlines when Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had banned the application. The ban was later on lifted but the app has been making headlines for a lot of wrong reasons even after this incident.

For those unaware, TikTok is short video application from the company ByteDance. The app was launched in 2017 and allows user create, upload or share lip-syncing comedy or music videos. The most common complaint that people has with the app is the presence of sexual content on the app and there are also instances where content that promotes hate crime have been found on the app.