Tamil Nadu government might ban TikTok as it is reportedly used to “circulate extreme content”

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Feb 14 2019
Tamil Nadu government might ban TikTok as it is reportedly used to “circulate extreme content”

The IT minister of Tamil Nadu asked the state government, in the state assembly, to initiate a dialogue with the Center for banning the application.

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  • TikTok could be banned in Tamil Nadu.
  • The Tamil Nadu IT minister asked the state assembly to ban the app as it’s used to circulate extreme content. 
  • TikTok says it is hiring a chief nodal officer based out of India to coordinate with the global authorities. 


TikTok has come under the Tamil Nadu government’s radar as the lawmakers in the state have appealed to the state assembly for banning the app. IT minister of Tamil Nadu, M Manikandan, told Economic Times, “I raised an issue forwarded to me by community welfare workers that the mobile application (TikTok) was acting as a platform for heated debates inimical to law and order, and sharing of sexually-explicit material. The minister supported my charge and promised to take steps to ban the application in Tamil Nadu.” Commenting on the recommendation of a ban on the app, TikTok said it is in the process of hiring a chief nodal officer that will coordinate better with the local law enforcement agencies.

“At TikTok, maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment is our priority. We have robust measures to protect users against misuse, including easy reporting mechanisms that enable users and law enforcement to report content that violates our terms of use and community guidelines. We are committed to respecting local laws and regulations, and in order to better coordinate with law enforcement agencies, we are also in the process of hiring a chief nodal officer based out of India,” TikTok told ET.

TikTok is not the only app out of China that is in the crosshairs of the government. The popular Battle Royale game PUBG Mobile has also faced considerable flak from various government bodies for being violent and addictive. The game has been banned in primary schools of Gujarat and has also been blamed for bad grades of students in Jammu and Kashmir, with the state’s  Student Association requesting for a ban on the game in the state. Recently, the IT minister of Goa said that the online multiplayer has become a “demon” in every home as students are engrossed in playing the game instead of studying.  Even the Indian Prime Minister knows about the title and mentioned it during an event while addressing the students and parents. 

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