"Ban Tik-"Tok in India"

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To,

Shri. Prakash Javadekar

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,

New Delhi, India 

We would like to bring your attention and raise our concern regarding multi-dimensional ill effects of Tik-Tok application. 

Tik-Tok app is full of Vulgarity, Cheep entertainment and also exposing users to obscenity, cyberbullying and cringes.  This Chinese owned application is serious threat to security and personal data as the application owners themselves claim that they collect information about the device you use to access the Platform, including the IP address, unique device identifiers, model of your device, your mobile carrier, time zone setting, screen resolution, operating system, app and file names and types, key-stroke patterns or rhythm patterns.” The data security is a big concern as we really do not know who is using this data and for what purpose, which can bring unforeseen repercussions

Teenagers, youth and children are becoming addicted to Tik Tok App, the future of the youngsters and mindset of the children are spoiled. The content shared on this application is completely illogical and has no productive value except despicable and vulnerable outcomes. We can understand the gravity of psychological impact this application is posing with the fact that few children have even gone to a level of committing suicide. When the innocent minds have an access to such application they fail to differentiate between reality and the cyber content, which can make them confused and paralyze their decision making ability.  This app can be misused even by human trafficking mafia and anti-national elements . We have seen how online games like “Blue whale” were misused by underworld and many children and youth had become prey to these criminals.

 Apart from social and psychological issues there are financial aspect of Tik-Tok also where we are losing valuable reserve currency without any productive advantage. The hunger for popularity among individuals is propelling them to spend on advertisements which are paid in foreign currency.

We request to take immediate action and block the usage of this application in India.

Petitioner Details

1. Harshid Desai

2. Pradeep Mahaur

3. Salil Gupta

4. Niraj Dave