New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has sought response from controversial social media apps TikTok and Helo on a set of questions, ranging from whether the apps are considering storing data within India and what measures they were taking to prevent users below age 18 from getting exposed to potentially dangerous content.
The social media platforms have time till July 22 to reply to the questions or face ban in the country, according to sources.
The notice was sent to the operators of the apps on Wednesday after RSS’s economic wing Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) sent a letter to the PM, alleging that these social media platforms were being used for anti-national activities.
The IT Ministry asked what data from users in India are being collected by these platforms.
It also sought clarifications on allegations that the Helo app had paid a huge sum for putting 11,000 morphed political ads on other social media platforms. One particular focus of the questions were around the security of users below age 18. Specifically, it asked what was the rationale behind the minimum age limit (13) to use TikTok in India when “a person below 18 is considered as child in the country”. (IANS)