Tik Tok, a popular app that allows users to make short music videos, has been banned in Indonesia, reported CNN Indonesia and Kumparan.
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology confirmed the news in a statement. The block has been in place since this afternoon. While the app can still be downloaded, all the content in it cannot be viewed.
The ministry said that it banned the app because it contains negative content that’s deemed to be a bad influence on the youth. However, it added that the ban may be lifted if Tik Tok can clean up its platform.
Public sentiment in Indonesia is turning against the app, which is popular among 13 to 15-year-olds, as it contains videos of teens engaging in provocative behavior. One such video allegedly depicts a teen dancing and then cutting to a dead body, apparently a relative of the teen.
Online petitions, one of which garnered over 125,000 signatures, are calling for the app to be blocked.
Known as Douyin in China, Tik Tok is developed by Bytedance, the same company behind popular Chinese news app Toutiao. Tik Tok has 150 million daily active users.
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