Mumbai: A day after Mumbai Police booked five youths for uploading divisive and inflammatory content on the Chinese short video-messaging app, TikTok, the latter has removed the users from its platform and suspended their accounts. The accused youths had uploaded a controversial video related to the mob lynching of a youth, Tabrez Ansari, in Jharkhand. On Monday, Shiv Sena activist Ramesh Solanki had filed a complaint against the TikTok group, 'Team 07', at the Mumbai Police's cyber cell. The members of the group – Faisal Shaikh, Hasnain Khan, Faiz Baloch, Adnan Shaikh and Sadhan Faroqui – had uploaded a video supporting Ansari that was heavily criticised on social media for spreading hate speech.
In response to that video, TikTok released a statement, highlighting the action taken against certain users for flouting community guidelines. The statement read, "TikTok has zero tolerance for content that incites violence against other users or any content that violates its Community Guidelines. In line with this, the video in question, which has violated our Community Guidelines, is no longer available on TikTok. Such irresponsible acts will not be tolerated on our platform, hence we have suspended three user accounts and are cooperating with law enforcement agencies."
The three user accounts that have been removed belong to Hasnain, Faisal and Sadhan. The video was posted soon on other social media, including Twitter, where many users had asked the police to take action. Finally Solanki on Monday approached the LT Marg Police station in Mumbai and submitted his complaint. When contacted Solanki, he said, "The videos are divisive and the users who uploaded the video were asking others to take revenge. We shouldn't tolerate such form of violence."