Indonesia overturns ban on Chinese video app Tik Tok

Vastavam web: Indonesia has overturned its ban on Chinese video app Tik Tok after it agreed to censor “negative content”, the Communications Ministry said on Wednesday. Tik Tok, the most downloaded app globally on Apple Inc’s app store in January-March, is popular among young people for its homemade music videos. But access was blocked on July 3 by authorities in Indonesia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population, for featuring content deemed pornographic and blasphemous.

The letter said that Tik Tok had agreed to increase the security mechanisms of the app and put additional restrictions on users aged 14-18 years. Local media reported on July 5 that Tik Tok had promised to set up a team of 20 censors in Indonesia charged with monitoring and sanitising content. Tik Tok is operated by venture-capitalist backed Toutiao, one of China’s fastest-growing technology startups valued at over $30 billion, people familiar with the matter told