Nevertheless, the steep growth in the popularity of programs like TikTok, Likee, Vigo Video, and others has left the authorities in addition to citizens cautioned for a simple reason: An unabated rise in explicit, crass and improper movies.
To their horror, the titillating videos created on these apps have found a bigger mobile-based messaging medium to corrupt young minds: Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
WhatsApp with over 300 million users in India has come to be the one-stop shop for the circulation of movies showing scantily-clad girls dancing to vulgar music, adult jokes and explicit”funny” messages introduced by homely girls being made from the narrow dingy by-lanes of little cities on these Chinese programs.
Although technology firms claim to have smart algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based systems along with human groups in place to check objectionable content, it is fast spreading.
The two WhatsApp and TikTok went silent over inquiries sent to them. TikTok directed us into an old statement that”we’re committed to continuously enhancing our safety features as a testament to our continuing commitment to our customers in India”.
According to Pavan Duggal, nation’s top cyber law specialist and a senior Supreme Court advocate, the only means to prevent massive circulation of vulgar videos on mobile programs is to address the issue of intermediary liability.
“The Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 creates the transmission or book or causing to be published or transmitted in the electronic form – any data, which is lascivious or that appeals to the prurient interests or the consequence of that can be tend to deprave or corrupt the minds of those that will probably view, read or hear the matter contained or embodied in it as an offence,” informed Duggal.
However, it’s simply a bailable offence and does not have any deterrent effect.
“The lack of any successful prosecution under Section 67 has allowed the people today think they can circulate vulgar videos with impunity. Thus, the responsibility has to be set on the service providers that the moment they are notified about any such offensive or vulgar videos on their platforms, they’re duty bound to eliminate the same,” Duggal told IANS.
According to Duggal who is also Chairman, International Commission on Cyber Security Law, the constraints imposed by the Supreme Court need to be re-looked since the service suppliers are misinterpreting the provisions of the said judgment.
The Madras High Court needs a ban on TikTok, stating it spoils the near future of youths and heads of kids.
On its own part, TikTok says it’s stopped allowing users under 13 years to login and create an account on the platform.
“With the help of machine learning algorithms, videos could be screened as they are posted, together with objectionable content eliminated before a user reports it, in some instances.
However, the pace at these improper videos are being generated, the attempts are not enough.
Failure to comply with standards should attract severe punishment of five to seven decades and fine of Rs. 20-30 lakh for its tech companies so as to bring in appropriate deterrent effect, noticed the Supreme Court advocate.