30 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: Though the Madras High Court lifted the ban imposed on TikTok, a short video-sharing app from Chinese company ByteDance on condition that it would not upload pornographic content, one comes across many such short video streaming apps which are gaining popularity across the country due to the presence of its explicit content.
Be it Bigo Live, Clip, Like, Instagram, YouTube, Kwai, one can easily get titillating short videos having explicit content. But, these are not any porn sites, and these can be availed by anyone having a smartphone irrespective of age.
TikTok alone has a whopping 500 million monthly active users and was last year's most downloaded app.
But for a while, these user generated content(UGC) apps are been controversial.
Though the broadcasters claim to keep a check on inappropriate online content like nudity, disturbing videos and other extreme content on social networking sites,there are numerous such videos flooding on these platforms. Semi nude girls try to allure viewers through their ‘nonsensical’ live videos which has suggestive dance moves, and such videos garners thousand of views within a short span of time.
Some of the videos even go viral, making the person no less than a celebrity. People find it fun to use,
The broadcasters are paid on the basis of the number of likes their videos are able to garner. So they rarely filter what is posted by whom. The younger users get attracted to scantily clad women gyrating inappropriately to music.
Most of these apps are free and it’s very easy to make a video and upload it. There are tool given to the users, enormous range of songs, filters, popular dialogues from films and TV serials, etc. One can explore their talent by participating in a dance meme, or make a joke or prank somebody. And all this adds to fun.
But one forgets that the youngsters are spending more time with the apps as they have become assertive and less intimately human. In all such platforms, the pool of content is enormous, most of it is meaningless.
A general question arises. Where is it leading the society and how can the ill-effects of such apps be stopped, which has so menacingly intruded in our lives.