TikTok: complete story, from initiation to present-day

TikTok: complete story, from initiation to present-day

TikTok is a leading short video platform in Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world. It is an iOS and Android media application and used for creating and sharing short videos.  This application was launched in September 2016 in China and introduced to the overseas market as TikTok after one year. In China, this app is known as Douyin. It allows users to create short music videos of 3–15 seconds and short looping videos of 3–60 seconds.

Presently, TikTok is owned by ByteDance.  It gained great popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018.  In the year 2018, it was available in over 150 markets, and in 75 languages. Tiktok had more than 500 million users worldwide in July 2018.

TikTok comprises numerous features; it allows users to create short videos with music in the background. The speed of the video can be increased, slowed down or edited by using filter feature. If the user wants, he or she can use different music genre, video with speed adjustments before uploading it to share with others on TikTok or other social platforms.

The ultimate goal of TikTok is to capture and present the world’s talent, creativity, knowledge, and moments easily from the mobile phone. It provides an opportunity for everyone to be a creator and encourages users to share their passion and creative expression with their videos. TikTok is based in Los Angeles; it has global offices in a different part of the world including Mumbai, Moscow London, Shanghai Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing and more.

TikTok has got great popularity in India; according to the app analytics firm Sensor Towerm, it had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, in February, 2018. But it has been criticized as well.

A temporary ban is issued on TikTok in the country after the judiciary found out that it was hosting content relating to child pornography. After this ban, TikTok was not available for download on the official app stores on Android and iOS devices. Though, after the last court hearing, the interim ban is removed, yet the app can’t be downloaded from the official app stores.

Here, is the complete information on incident

April 3 – Ban was issued on TikTok

Madras High Court passes an interim directive to ban TikTok in India.

April 5 – The parent company of TikTok, ByteDance moves to the Supreme Court

ByteDance went Supreme Court, filed petition for a stay order on the HC’s directive

After a few days, ByteDance requested the Supreme Court to take an urgent listing of the hearing

April 15 – The Supreme Court refuses TikTok’s plea to stay Madras High Court’s directive on the ban.

The apex court in India sets the hearing on the case for April 22 after the Madras High Court hears the case on April 16.

At the time, TikTok said that we are committed to enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation. In line with this, we are making efforts to take down objectionable content. Till date, we have removed over 6 million videos that violated our Terms of Use and Community Guidelines.

25 April – Madras High Court allows users to restore access TikTok.  In its interim order, the Madras High Court lifted the ban on the application.

The final order will be given by court after hearing all the parties. According to the court’s order, TikTok will now update their privacy protection norms and will address any complaint about content in three to 36 hours.

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