TikTok in talks with Indian govt to come back with new IT Rules

New IT rules of India and the America’s president Joe Biden’s call to scrap precursor Donald Trump’s order seeking to ban TikTok within the US have given ByteDance Inc. rejuvenated “hope and confidence” for the Indian market, almost after a year it’s viral short video app was banned here.

Tik Tok, the much-debated content creation platform on social media, claims to visualize some positive advances towards restoring their operations in India. The company is keen to restart its functionality in India following a ban imposed on it on June 29 last year in the context of the escalating Sino-India border tension.

According to the sources, the newly amended IT rules of the Modi government and Biden administration are the beacon of hope for the ByteDance owned company as they contemplate reviewing the safety and security of Chinese apps instead of ousting them from the system permanently.

Any confirmation from the government’s aspect on this matter of ban lifting remains anticipated.

According to a source quoted by The Wire, “This year also, ByteDance has approached IT ministry, PMO officers and reiterated that ByteDance and TikTok will work to comply with the 2021 intermediary guidelines.”

On June 29, when the ban was imposed, it bought huge despair to an approx. of 20 crore Indian users of TikTok. It was imposed right after two weeks of the onset of the India-China border standoff at Galwan District in Ladakh which martyred 20 Indian soldiers.

The source also added, “TikTok/ByteDance has continuously worked to comply with native laws, as well as content takedown requests from the Indian government before the ban on 29 June 2020. TikTok officials were in touch with government officials, especially from the IT ministry, to talk regarding the company’s CSR [corporate social responsibilities] efforts … it came as a surprise for ByteDance when suddenly TikTok was banned in India.”On June 29, when the ban was imposed, it bought vast despair to an estimate of 20 crore Indian users of TikTok. It was imposed right after two weeks of the onset of the India-China border standoff at Galwan District in Ladakh that martyred 20 Indian soldiers.