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Goa Government Trying to Discourage TikTok, PUBG among Students

The circular says that awareness needs to be created among parents and guardians about the social media apps in the interest of safety and security of students

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

The Goa government has taken steps to discourage the use of mobile app Tik Tok and online game PUBG among students, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the Goa legislative Assembly on Monday.

To a question from Conrgess MLA Ravi Naik, Sawant, in a written reply tabled during the ongoing Monsoon session, quoted a circular issued by the state Director of Education Nagaraj Honnekeri.

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Launched in 2017, the main version of the controversial game has already crossed the 100-million-download mark on Google Play Store. Wikimedia Commons

The circular says that awareness needs to be created among parents and guardians about the social media apps in the interest of safety and security of students.

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“…awareness needs to be be created among the parents, guardians and the children in not to download or use Tik Tok app and PUBG game. The app and the game create the issue of safety and security of children in the state of Goa,” the circular reads, adding that preventive measures may be of “great help in saving lives”. (IANS)

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TikTok and DSCI Comes Together To Unveil Interactive Quiz on Online Privacy

With the rising data consumption and increase in time spent online, it is important that the users are aware of privacy practices

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With the rising data consumption and increase in time spent online, it is important that the users are aware of privacy practices and principles that are key to adhere to. VOA

Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and Chinese short-video making app TikTok on Monday have come together to launch an interactive and informative quiz for its community online.

The quiz will go live on the app on the January 28 and will run until February 3. It also aims to appraise users on best practices for online privacy and protection.

In line with the theme of the 2020 edition of Data Privacy Day – ‘Privacy is Everyone’s Responsibility’, the in-app quiz asks users interesting questions pertaining to their awareness of online privacy and its importance.

“On the occasion of Data Privacy Day, we stay committed to building a privacy-aware society. We are confident that our partnership with TikTok will help us land the message of safe and secure online data practices, far and wide,” said Rama Vedashree, CEO, DSCI.

According to Global Web Index’s Social Media Trends 2019 report, Indian users spent 2.4 hours on social media, in line with the global average.

With the rising data consumption and increase in time spent online, it is important that the users are aware of privacy practices and principles that are key to adhere to.

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Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and Chinese short-video making app TikTok on Monday have come together to launch an interactive and informative quiz for its community online. VOA

“We are honoured to partner with DSCI and spread awareness about the safety and privacy best practices amongst our users,” said Subi Chaturvedi, Head, TikTok for Good – India.

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“As part of TikTok For Good, we look forward to launching more such initiatives that have a larger positive impact on society, harnessing the power of technology and celebrating privacy by design at the core of everything we do,” Chaturvedi added. (IANS)