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Chinese Video Sharing App TikTok Added Nearly 9 cr Indian Users in Q1

Of these new installs in India, Google Play accounted for nearly 99 per cent of downloads

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TikTok is fast catching up: it has been downloaded more than 240 million times in India so far, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. VOA

Despite facing flak for sleazy content on its platform, Chinese video sharing app TikTok is continuing its dramatic rise in India, adding 8.86 crore users in the first quarter of 2019, according to a new report.

This was 8.2 times more new installs than TikTok saw in the country in Q1 of last year, according to the analysis by mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

Owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, TikTok became controversial in the past for illegally collecting personal information from children in the US and in other places for inappropriate content.

Hearing a petition filed by an advocate, the Madras High Court earlier this month asked the Centre to ban the app, saying it “encourages pornography” and is spoiling the future of youths and the minds of children.

TikTok on Friday said as part of its commitment towards providing a positive in-app environment for its users in India, it had removed over six million videos that have violated its “Community Guidelines”.

The short-video sharing app has also introduced its age-gate feature for its new users, which will only allow users aged 13 years and above to login and create an account on TikTok .

In terms of its reach, TikTok has just had its best first quarter ever, adding an estimated 188 million during Q1, according to data analysis by Sensor Tower.

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

“This marked a year-over-year increase of 70 per cent from Q1 2018, when 110 million users installed ByteDance’s hit app for the first time,” Sensor Tower founder Oliver Yeh wrote in a blog post this week.

“This growth was largely driven by India, where an estimated 88.6 million new users flocked to the app last quarter,” Yeh added.

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Of these new installs in India, Google Play accounted for nearly 99 per cent of downloads.

TikTok was the third most installed app globally during Q1 2019 across the App Store and Google Play, ranking behind only Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

“To date, Sensor Tower data shows that TikTok has been installed by more than 1.1 billion App Store and Google Play users globally, and has grossed $80 million from in-app purchases,” Yeh said. (IANS)

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Let Your Kid Watch TV Than Make Lewd TikTok Videos on Smartphone

The World Health Organization recommends that sedentary screen time should be no more than one hour for children between ages 1 and 5

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Toggling between watching television and social media lessens a person's ability to escape reality. Pixabay

By Bharat Upadhyay

When 11-year-old Pallavi (name changed on request) was gifted a smartphone on her birthday in April this year, a big smile greeted her parents who decided to bid good bye to the TV set three years ago hoping their daughter would spend more time with some creative stuff around.

With high-speed Wi-Fi, she got access to a digital world on the smartphone into which her peer group had already taken a deep dive.

Part of an upscale society in Noida, everything was OK initially as Pallavi had exposure to YouTube videos and some downloaded games — amid requests to have an Instagram account that were politely denied by her parents till she turns 13.

One day, out of curiosity, Pallavi’s mother went through her smartphone as she was away to school. To her shock, there were short videos made on Chinese apps like Likee by Pallavi and her friends during visits to one another’s house – some even made in the society’s parking basement.

The “suggestive” videos with explicit hand gestures amid dance steps were enough to make Pallavi’s mother realise the mistake she had made.

“With TV in the living room, we had control over the content. She normally saw movies which we also watched together. Even Internet TV on a big screen can be monitored but smartphone has really been a bad choice,” Pallavi’s mother, who has now taken the smartphone away and bought a new TV set, told IANS.

According to behavioural experts, if you are one of those parents who has handed over a smartphone or a tablet to your kids to keep them entertained, convince your kids to watch the old idiot box instead.

“Though there are a number of educational apps and games which children can play on smartphones, it is not always easy to monitor your child’s smartphone usage,” said Meenal Arora, Founder Director, Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools, Delhi.

“There is an option of deleting the history or going incognito, thus making it difficult for parents to know what their child was doing on the smartphone for the last hour or so,” Arora told IANS.

According to Arora who is also a parenting expert, television is a comparatively safer option than smartphones.

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

A new report from mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower found that out of the 18.8 crore new users that the Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok added globally in the first quarter of 2019, 8.86 crore were from India.

“Children don’t understand how using an excess of social media and the Internet and playing video games like PUBG can harmfully affect their eyesight, social habits and can lead to insomnia, laziness or even lack of concentration and anxiety,” Mrinmay Kumar Das, Senior Consultant at Jaypee Hospital in Noida, told IANS.

Kids who get a hang of such short-video making apps not only get hooked to them instantly but also face the risk of being exposed to or involved in dangerous and sexually explicit content that could make them victims of cyber crimes.

According to Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in Delhi, video games like PUBG and social media apps like TikTok, Likee, Vigo Video and others can be intellectually harmful for kids and can invoke violent tendencies inside their developing minds.

Experts suggest that children should have limitations while using all sorts of apps.

“They get so mentally involved in these games and social media apps that after a point, they lose self-control and undergo a change in behaviour, which can ultimately bring a negative impact on their personalities as a whole,” Neha Dutt, Psychologist at Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, told IANS.

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This is not to say that unlimited TV sessions are good for children. Parents must remember that children need to sit less and play more to grow up healthy and put reasonable limits on screen time, including TV sessions.

The World Health Organization recommends that sedentary screen time should be no more than one hour for children between ages 1 and 5.

But when it comes to a choice between smartphone and TV, the age-old habit of watching TV together could serve children better than closed-door smartphone viewing. (IANS)