Writ filed banning Bigo Live, TikTok, Likee apps
Published: 03:08 PM, 30 December 2020 Updated: 03:33 PM, 30 December 2020
A writ petition has been filed today in the High Court for the shutdown of mobile apps Bigo Live, TikTok and Likee for the safety and security of the youth.
The Supreme Court lawyer Md. JR Khan (Robin) filed the writ in the public interest on Wednesday.
An appeal has been issued in the writ – why the failure of those concerned to shutdown Bigo Live, TikTok and Likee apps for the safety and security of the youth should not be declared illegal and at the same time why such apps should not be instructed to be shut down.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Secretary of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Secretary of the Ministry of Information, BTRC Chairman and Inspector General of Police have made defendants in the writ petition.
About the writ, Lawyer Md. JR Khan Robin said the youths are being endangered by using Bigo Live, TikTok and Likee apps, resulting in a negative impact on youths’ morality, social values and mutual respect.
“The youths or teenagers are getting involved in gangs and taking part in criminal activities under the influence of these apps. They are becoming violent and want to gain cheap popularity through these apps and also start thinking of themselves as popular,” he said.
The Bigo Live, TikTok and Likee apps target youths and offer live obscene gestures and vulgarity. Even a lot of money is swindled through mobile banking by sex trapping. Many youths have suffered financially by falling into the trap of fraudulent rings.
These apps are basically a live streaming platform, where a user shares moments live with his followers. Considering the harmful aspects of these apps, especially Bigo Live has been banned in India and Pakistan.