Nandini YadavApr 22, 2019 13:00:45 IST
Guess what’s the primary most downloaded app on Google play retailer? It’s Tiktok. Sure, the identical TikTok that has been banned to obtain in India since 18 April 2019. TikTok boasts of about zero.5 billion customers around the globe, of which over 119 million are in India. Like it or hate it, you simply cannot ignore, the worlds quickest rising 15-second video making app.
Because of meteoric rise its father or mother firm Bytedance secured a $75 billion valuation in late 2018, making it the world’s most precious startup. A lot in order that Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his typical model tried to purchase TikTok, after which imitate it.
However regardless that TikTok enjoys report reputation, and makes report income (which greater than tripled prior to now yr), it has turn out to be essentially the most divisive app in India’s latest historical past.
Arrey! Whoever would’ve imagined a lot grave sensitivity & damage & offence taken & dissatisfaction, in direction of a foolish ass app, that made folks waste their time & mislead many to finish their lives… Sure! stupidly. I don’t like TikTok, I by no means have & Sure! I’m glad it received banned.
— Kubbra Sait (@KubbraSait) April 18, 2019
TikTok has come underneath hearth for allegedly permitting ‘pornographic’ and ‘sleazy’ content material to propagate, particularly amongst its youthful viewers. It’s additionally been alleged, in a number of international locations no much less, that the app is proving to be a fertile searching floor for paedophiles.
So how did this occur? How achieve this many individuals love and hate this lip-sync and video sharing app on the similar time? This is a timeline of occasions that received the TikTok app from its growth to ban in India.
September 2016: TikTok is launched as Douyin in China in September 2016.
September 2017: TikTok is launched outdoors of China.
November 2017: China’s Bytedance buys 15-second fame app Musical.ly for practically $1 billion. Musical.ly is already a sensation amongst youngsters within the Americas and Europe, whereas TikTok, owned by Bytedance, is barely common amongst youth in Asia.
June 2018: Musical.ly reaches 100 million month-to-month lively customers, in keeping with the corporate. TikTok touted 500 million month-to-month lively customers in June.
July 2018: TikTok is banned in Indonesia for ‘adverse content material’.
Days later, the Indonesia authorities overturns the ban on the app.
Chinese language video app Tik Tok to arrange Indonesia censor staff to overturn ban: Report https://t.co/5eCm2Z6XQQ
— Manila Bulletin Information (@manilabulletin) July 5, 2018
August 2018: Bytedance publicizes it’s shuttering Musical.ly and will transfer customers to a revamped model of its homegrown competitor TikTok.
October 2018, a 24-year-old from Chennai allegedly commits suicide following harassment by TikTok customers for posting movies of himself dressed as a feminine.
November 2018: TikTok is sitting on the high of the US App Retailer. It additionally surpasses Fb, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat in month-to-month installs for the primary time.
The identical month, Sensor Tower information introduced that TikTok has greater than tripled its revenues prior to now yr. TikTok grew its consumer spending on in-app purchases some 275 p.c or three.75x year-over-year final month to greater than $three.5 million worldwide.
Jan 2019: S Ramadoss, founding father of the Pattali Makkal Katchi celebration in Tamil Nadu, asks the state authorities to ban TikTok, saying it distracts kids and leads them to be sexually perverse.
Feb 2019: Tamil Nadu Info Expertise minister M Manikandan says Tamil Nadu authorities will search middle’s assist to hunt a ban on TikTok for inflicting degradation of Tamil Nadu’s tradition and resulting in points associated to regulation and order within the state.
Days later, a faculty pupil dies, and two of his pals are severely injured, after their bike rams right into a truck whereas making a TikTok video.
April 2018: Advocate and social activist Muthu Kumar recordsdata a plea within the Madras excessive court docket on 1 April to ban TikTok for its “pornographic” content material and its potential of exposing kids to sexual predators.
Two days later, on three April, Madras excessive court docket calls for middle to ban TikTok and prohibits media to broadcast any content material created on TikTok.
Why has Madras Excessive Courtroom ordered a ban on obtain of @TikTokIndia app? Is it truthful? What’s #TikTok doing about it? @Nandiniwhy has all these solutions. @tiktok_us pic.twitter.com/DXsivMTKjx
— Tech2 (@tech2eets) April four, 2019
On the 12th of the month, TikTok responds saying it eliminated six million movies for not complying with its neighborhood pointers.
On 13 April, 19-year-old is allegedly shot lifeless by his pal in Delhi as they pose with a pistol to make a video on TikTok.
The identical day, TikTok is reported to have gained 88.6 million new customers in India alone within the first quarter of 2019. Apparently, the report additionally factors out that Android was the dominant platform for TikTok with 99 p.c of TikTok downloads coming from the Google Play Retailer.
Come 15 April, the supreme court docket refuses to remain the Madras excessive court docket’s ban on TikTok on grounds that it’s short-term and the matter remains to be being heard on the excessive court docket.
And on 18 April, TikTok is faraway from App Retailer and Play Retailer following the federal government order.
As of 22 April, the Supreme Courtroom of India has directed Madras Excessive Courtroom to cross an interim order on the ban by 24 April. The court docket says that if the Excessive Courtroom fails to determine on the interim reduction by then, the order will stand vacated.
Thankfully or not, the ban will not be a brand new web page in TikTok’s playbook. Like talked about within the timeline of occasions above, in July final yr the app was banned in Indonesia for ‘adverse content material’, however within the span of eight days, TikTok promised to control its content material and received the ban overturned. Would Bytdance handle the identical in India as properly? That continues to be to be revealed until the Madras Excessive Courtroom’s interim on the ban on 24 April.
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