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Madras High Court Asks Central Government to Ban ‘TikTok’ App

The ‘TikTok’ app enables its users to shoot short videos and share it with others

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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 Madras High Court has asked the Central government to ban the Chinese video mobile application ‘TikTok’, saying it spoils the future of youths and minds of children.

Hearing a petition filed by an advocate, the Madurai Bench of the High Court on Wednesday also issued an interim order to the Central government banning downloading of the app in India and restricted the media from telecasting videos taken using the app.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The court said inappropriate content was being provided by the ‘TikTok’ app and the government had a social responsibility to stop it.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu’s Information Technology Minister M. Manikandan had said that the state would write to the Central government seeking a ban on the app in India.

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The ‘TikTok’ app enables its users to shoot short videos and share it with others. (IANS)

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TikTok Testing New Features Inspired by Instagram

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok

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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 wildly popular short video-sharing app TikTok is reportedly mulling to launch a host of new features that seem to have been inspired by Facebook-owned Instagram.

The features were discovered by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who posted screengrabs of the features on Twitter.

The purported Instagram-inspired features include a grid-style layout, an account switcher and a Discover page, among others.

“We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve the app experience for our community,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the TechCrunch on Saturday.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The TikTok spokesperson, however, declined to offer further details about the company’s plans but confirmed the features were things the company is working on.

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok.

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Owned by a Beijing-based start-up named ByteDance, TikTok saw its first-time installs grow about 28 per cent year-over-year for the first half of 2019 to nearly 344 million globally despite a two-week ban in India during the second quarter (Q2), revealed an estimate by mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. (IANS)