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TikTok’s troubles reach USA as a fine in millions awaited them

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TikTok is an OTT platform which is based on video sharing. A simple concept with a simple interface, TikTok has gained huge popularity. It was previously named as Musical.ly but changed its name to TikTok after it was merged with the latter in 2017. ByteDance, the company that owns and developed the TikTok, has had a tough time in many countries including India.

The popular application does everything in a 15-second video. One can lip-sync to songs, famous movie dialogues, make their own video, dance and many more things. The other features include everything very similar to a normal social media, there are like, share, comment buttons and you can follow a person like Twitter and Instagram. To hop onto the next video you just need to swipe up and the next video appears. That is the only thing you need to do. It is as easy as that.

The application has been facing a lot of heat in the subcontinent of India. In the southern part of India, it is facing a possible ban and the accusations are pretty much the same everywhere around the world. The video-sharing application, according to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Swadeshi Jagran Manch, contains videos which are inappropriate and have child pornography. Apart from this, it gathers data from children. TikTok responded by saying these claims are baseless which was a rather tame attempt at dismissing the truth.

It has been proved in the US that TikTok gathers data from the youngsters who are possible aged 13 or even less. The application has been accused of the same and has been fined as well. The application was illegally collecting personal information and violating child privacy. The information such as names, emails, addresses, locations was collected from children under the age of 13. This was the accusation and was proved later on by US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This happened on Wednesday.

To settle the case and end the misery of TikTok in the USA, FTC asked for $5.7 million as fine and settle the allegations. FTC said that the app failed on multiple occasions to take down the information shown of children shown on its application. The part of the deal was to take down all the videos of children who were aged 13 or less.

TikTok after the deal released a statement which revealed that they cooperated with FTC and were pleased to have reached a resolution. “We cooperated fully with the FTC during the course of their investigation of the musical.ly app in the US, and are pleased to have reached a resolution,” read the statement.

TikTok is also facing a possible ban in Tamil Nadu as mentioned before. There are ministers looking at the application and might just ban it for promoting explicit content and hatred through its application. The application is certainly going through a tough time in India and all the other countries which do not tolerate such content.

-Unmesh Phule

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