TikTok Ban: Company Says It Has a ‘Huge’ Team of Moderators to Prevent Misuse

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The TikTok community is very much active in India despite an “interim” ban and the platform is relying on both technology and a “huge” content moderation team to prevent misuse, a top company executive said on Thursday. The Chinese short video-sharing app, which claims that it has over 120 million monthly active users in India, is facing criticism for circulation of “pornographic content” and endangering the safety of children. Owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, TikTok has seen dramatic rise in its numbers of users over the past three years. TikTok claims that it is now available in over 150 markets, and in 75 languages.

Google and Apple blocked the app, following a request from the government.

“Currently I think it is an interim ban. We are very positive that we will get a favourable response from the government,” Sumedhas Rajgopal, Strategy and Entertainment Lead, TikTok India, told IANS.

“For us, the app is still functioning. The TikTok community is still active,” Rajgopal added.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the original Madras High Court order on April 3. The apex court said it would hear the matter on April 22.

TikTok said it was taking important steps including the use of technology and manual screening of content to curb the spread of inappropriate content