Tiktok is under backlash by angry Twitter users over some allegations made to the media company.
The app which was released on July 9, 2015 and has accumulated over 1 billion download from Google Play Store is under threat of extinction after a popular India Twitter user Rekha Sharma reported the app claiming it encourages teens in unproductive lifestyle.
Tiktok parent company, ByteFence was previously sued for collecting children’s data under the age of 13 without their parent’s consent. Thereby breaking the norms of the FTC
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, forbids social media companies from collecting the data of children without explicit parental consent. Failing to obtain that consent would be in violation of the law and open the company up to potential lawsuits from regulators like the Federal Trade Commission.
Many Twitter users are of the opinion that the APP promote sexual violence, media crimes, social crimes, rape, unruly behavior amongst youths and many others.
See Twitter Users reaction below.
To validate the extent of damages the app has caused to teens and youths, a shocking decrease rating from 4.5 to 2.0 was witness on the Google Play Store and some users are already signing a petition to permanently ban the app.
Tiktok is yet to respond to the allegations leveled against them, however the app is no longer available for download in India.