Tik Tok has removed over six million videos in India which violated their community guidelines since July 2018, the company said in a media release. The company said that it was a part of their ongoing efforts to make its millions of users feel safe and comfortable within the community by empowering them with the right tools and resources. Tik Tok also has introduced an age bar for its new users which will be allowing only those people over the age of 13 years to login and create an account on its platform. The company said that this new feature will further add to the safety mechanisms in place to ensure that underage users do not use the platform.
“As a global community, safety has been one of TikTok’s key priorities. The launch of our age-gate feature in addition to our existing takedown of content that violates our Community Guidelines reinforce our ongoing commitment to ensure that our platform remains a safe and positive space for our Indian users and we discharge our obligations under the Intermediary Guidelines of India, in a meaningful manner. We are looking forward to introducing more relevant features and initiatives to help Indian users be safe and continue to enhance their experience with TikTok,” Helena Lersch, Director, Global Public Policy, TikTok said in a statement.
Additionally, TikTok has recently added an advisory for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections in English and 10 local languages on the Safety Center page which link to the website of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the cVIGIL app. Tik Tok has been fighting court cases for its survival in India. The Madurai bench of Madras High Court on April 3 had directed the central government to ban the mobile application as it voiced concern over the “pornographic and inappropriate contents” being made available through such apps.
Following this, China’s Bytedance Technology Co, which owns Tik Tok said that Madras High Court’s call for a ban on the app will hurt free speech rights in the country. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused urgent listing of a plea challenging the recent Madras High Court order. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said the plea will come up for hearing in due course of time.