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OMG! 80% youngsters want TikTok banned in India

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Eight out of 10 millennials living in India want the controversial Chinese video app TikTok to be banned, reveals a survey by news app Inshorts.

This comes after the Madras High Court last week advised the Central government to ban the app claiming it was encouraging pornography among youngsters.

The court said that inappropriate content was being provided by the TikTok app, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, and the government had a social responsibility to stop it.

TikTok on the other hand, said it was committed to abiding by local laws and regulations.

“We fully comply with the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011. We are currently awaiting the official order by the Madras High Court and once received, we will review and take appropriate action regarding this matter,” the company told IANS.
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“In order to better coordinate with the law enforcement agencies, we have appointed a Chief Nodal Officer based out of India,” it added.

The survey asked 30,000 participants, majorly from Tier-1 and 2 cities and belonging to the age group of 18-35 years across the country, whether they think TikTok should be banned in India.

While 80 per cent said yes, 20 per cent said no, the results showed.

With a global user base of over one billion users, TikTok has over 50 million users in India.

In January, 43 per cent of the app’s new users were from India, compared to just 9.5 percent in January of 2018, said Sensor Tower founder Oliver Yeh in a recent blog post.

In fact, 25 per cent of TikTok’s downloads to date have come from India, for an estimated total of 250 million there. The app enables its users to shoot short videos and share it with others.

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Ajay Devgn thanks Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs for watching ‘Tanhaji’

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Mumbai: Actor-producer Ajay Devgn expressed gratitude to the three military chiefs of the nation — Army, Navy and Air Force — for watching his latest film “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior”.

“Honoured to spend an evening with the three Chiefs. Thank you all for the love given to Tanhaji,” Ajay tweeted.

The screening was held in Delhi on Sunday evening. Harinder Sikka, author of “Calling Sehmat” on which “Raazi” was based, was also present.

Ajay’s tweet cames in the wake of Sikka’s post on Twitter that read: “#Tanhaji creates history. The Three Chief of Military, The Navy Chief, The Army Chief, The Air Chief together watch @ajaydevgn, @itsKajolD spectacular, spell binding film on India’s National Hero in Delhi. Don’t miss it friends. It’s out of this world.”

In a separate tweet, Sikka: “It was my privilege to be part of Military tribute to great Indian warrior #Tanaji. Present on stage were Chief of Army, Navy & Air Staffs along with serving & retd military officers. Film should become a folklore. @ajaydevgn @itsBhushanKumar, @itsKajolD.”

“Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior” is creating a storm at the box office. The movie, which hit theatres on January 10, has collected over Rs 150 crores within just 10 days of release, and the buzz is it could end up as the biggest hit in Ajay Devgn’s career.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the film’s domestic collections after its second weekend: “#Tanhaji has a smashing Weekend 2… Returns to top form on (second) Sat and Sun… #Blockbuster in #Maharashtra… Should cross 200 cr in Week 3… Will be first double century of 2020… (Week 2) Fri 10.06 cr, Sat 16.36 cr, Sun 22.12 cr. Total: ? 167.45 cr. #India biz.”

The historical drama chronicles the story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Subedar Tanaji Malusare, who sacrificed his life reclaiming the Sinhagad Fort from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s forces.

The Om Raut directorial stars Ajay Devgn in the title role along with Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Sharad Kelkar in key roles.

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