In a discussion regarding the lip sync app TikTok that took place in Tamil Nadu legislative assembly on Tuesday in which Nagapattinam MLA Thamimun Ansari requested the government to ban the app in Tamil Nadu as it creates law and order problem and people upload obscene scenes on it that promotes a negative image.
Information Technology minister M Manikandan has in-turn said that the Tamil Nadu government will recommend the central government to ban the app in Tamil Nadu, just like it took steps on concern over the blue whale challenge. However, he has not given any specific time period regarding the ban.
Thamimun Ansari told that he received many calls appreciating his call for a ban on TikTok. “Many schools and college students are using it. They and their families are getting affected by it, it’s ripping them apart,” he said.
The Minister reportedly also referred to some reports that TikTok app has been used to degrade Tamil culture.
TikTok app created by ByteDance has gained immense popularity and have over 500 million users. The app allows users to enact popular scenes on songs or dialogues and upload them on various platforms. Not only this, but the app also equipped with various filters to make the videos more enhancing.
This is not the first time that a ban has been demanded on the app. Earlier, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder Dr S. Ramadoss had demanded a ban on TikTok in January 2019.