These Could be exciting times for Chinese short video-sharing apps that have invaded smartphone Consumers, especially in the Tier III and IV Cities in India.
But the steep rise in the prevalence of programs like TikTok, Likee, Vigo Video and others has left the authorities in addition to citizens baffled for a simple reason: An abrupt rise in explicit, crass and improper movies.
To their horror, the titillating videos made on these apps have now found a larger mobile-based messaging medium to corrupt young minds: Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
WhatsApp with over 300 million users in India has become the one-stop store for the flow of videos showing scantily-clad girls dancing to vulgar tunes, adult jokes and explicit”funny” messages presented by heterosexual women being made from the narrow dingy by-lanes of little cities on such Chinese programs.
Although tech firms claim to have intelligent algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based approaches along with human groups set up to test objectionable content, it’s fast spreading.
Both WhatsApp and TikTok went silent over inquiries sent . TikTok led us to an old announcement that”we’re committed to continuously enhancing our safety features as a testament to our ongoing commitment to our users in India”.
Based on Pavan Duggal, nation’s top cyber law expert and a senior Supreme Court advocate, the only way to prevent massive flow of vulgar videos on cellular applications is to deal with the issue of intermediary liability.
“The Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 creates the transmission or publication or must be published or transmitted in the digital form – any data, which is lascivious or that appeals to the prurient interests or the effect of that can be are inclined to deprave or corrupt the minds of people who will probably view, read or hear the matter contained or embodied in it – as an offence,” educated Duggal.
But, it is only a bailable offence and does not have any deterrent effect.
“The absence of any effective prosecution under Section 67 has let the people today think that they can circulate vulgar videos with impunity. Hence, the responsibility has to be set on the service providers the minute they are notified about such a offensive or pornographic movies in their platforms, they are duty bound to remove the same,” Duggal told IANS.
According to Duggal who is also Chairman, International Commission on Cyber Security Law, the restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court have to be re-looked as the service suppliers are misinterpreting the terms and conditions of the said judgment.
The Madras High Court wants a ban on TikTok, saying it spoils the near future of youths and minds of children.
On its part, TikTok says it’s stopped allowing users under 13 years to login and create an account on the stage.
“With the help of machine learning algorithms, videos can be screened as they’re posted, with objectionable content eliminated before a user reports , in some cases.
On the other hand, the rate at these improper movies are being created, the attempts are not enough.
Failure to comply with standards should bring in severe penalty of five to seven decades and fine of Rs. 20-30 lakh for the technology firms so as to bring in appropriate deterrent effect, noted that the Supreme Court advocate.