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The app, from Beijing-based companyByteDance, has been variously accused of electoral interference and harmingchildren’s privacy

這款由總部位于北京的字節跳動(ByteDance)公司開發的應用程序,受到了干擾選舉及侵害兒童隱私的嚴厲指控

Complaints have also be made againstanother of the company’s apps, Helo, for running doctored pictures ofpoliticians with sensationalised text

而該公司旗下另一款應用程序“Helo”,也因為傳播經過篡改并配有敏感文字的政客照片遭到投訴

Indian courts and political parties arecalling for Chinese company ByteDance’s most popular mobile app TikTok to bebanned.

印度的法院和各大政黨正呼吁禁用TikTok——一款中國公司“字節跳動”旗下最受歡迎的移動應用程序。

On Tuesday, The Economic Times newspaperreported that India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology hadasked Google and Apple to pull video social media platform TikTok from itsmobile application stores. The South China Morning Post was unable toindependently verify the report.

周二,《經濟時報》報道稱,印度電子與信息技術部曾要求谷歌和蘋果公司將視頻社交媒體平臺TikTok從其移動應用商店中下架。南華早報未能核實該報道的真實性。



Meanwhile, the Delhi state unit of India’sruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained to the country’s ElectionCommission on March 29 that ByteDance, which it identified as a Chinesecompany, was “interfering in the Indian election process through its socialmedia applications”.

與此同時,執政的印度人民黨(BJP)下面的德里邦單位于3月29日向該國選舉委員會投訴稱,它已認定中國公司ByteDance“通過其社交媒體應用干擾印度的選舉進程”。

The BJP cited Facebook’s takedown of 11,000advertisements from another of the company’s apps - Helo - for violation of itsrules concerning transparency in political spending. Helo’s adverts featureddoctored images of politicians accompanied by sensationalised text.

印度人民黨引用了臉書網撤下11,000則廣告的案例,指責該公司的應用“Helo”違反了該國有關政治開支透明化的 規定。Helo上的廣告的特點是使用被“加工”過的政客照片,配上敏感的文字。

Indian politicians banned for firebrandelection comments

印度政客禁止發表煽動選舉的評論

ByteDance is the world’s largest internetstart-up – valued at US$75 billion in its latest funding round, knockingUS-based Uber, valued at US$72 billion, into second place.

字節跳動(ByteDance)是全球最大的互聯網初創公司——在最新一輪的融資中,該公司估值為750億美元,把估值為720億美元的美國公司優步(Uber)擠到了第二位。

According to mobile app intelligencecompany Sensor Tower, 88.6 million of TikTok’s 188 million new users in thefirst quarter of 2019 were from India – a more than eightfold year-on-yearincrease. By comparison, just 13.1 million new TikTok users over the same timeperiod were based in the US.

移動應用智能公司Sensor Tower表示,2019年第一季度TikTok的1.88億新用戶中,有8860萬用戶來自印度——同比增長超過8倍。相比之下,同期僅有1310萬美國人成為TikTok的新用戶。

TikTok was also the third most downloadedapp in the world during the first quarter of 2019. As of Tuesday, it was thesecond most popular free Android app in the Google Play store in India, whileHelo was ranked 11th. ByteDance also offers short video product Vigo Video toIndian users.

TikTok也是2019年第一季度全球應用程序下載量第三名。截至周二,它是印度區Google Play商店中第二大最受歡迎的免費安卓應用程序,而Helo排第11位。字節跳動公司還向印​​度用戶提供短視頻產品Vigo Video。



“Out of all the ads that have been generated from Helo since welaunched in June 2018, unique ads citing political mentions amount to less than0.1 per cent. These ads were all generated prior to the declaration of generalelections by the Election Commission of India and the enforcement of the ModelCode of Conduct,” said Helo in a statement.

Helo在一份聲明中說,“我們自2018年6月推出Helo以來生成的所有廣告中,提及政治的特別廣告占比不足0.1%。這些廣告都是在印度選舉委員會宣布大選和 《行為準則》生效之前生成的。“

The first major call to ban TikTok in Indiawas made in February by the Tamil Nadu government, citing obscenity as thereason.

今年2月,泰米爾納德邦政府第一個呼吁在印度禁用TikTok,理由是Helo平臺含有淫穢內容。

However, responses from politiciansindicated that they were already annoyed at the political content beinggenerated by the app’s users, who had posted lip-synched videos to politicalspeeches.

然而,政客們的反應表明,他們已經對該應用程序的用戶生成的政治內容感到惱火,這些用戶發布了一些虛假的政治演說視頻。

“I will be the happiest if TikTok isbanned. They mock someone like me most on that platform. The app may have beendesigned to make people happy, but it is often crossing the limits of decency,”said Tamilisai Soundararajan, who heads the BJP – the party of Prime MinisterNarendra Modi – in Tamil Nadu state.

泰米爾賽奧·桑達拉(Tamilisai Soundararajan)是印度總理納爾德拉·莫迪(Narendra Modi)領導的人民黨在泰米爾納德邦的一把手。他表示,“如果TikTok被封禁,我將是最開心的那個人。他們在那個平臺上嘲弄像我這樣的人。這款應用程序設計的初衷可能是讓人們開心,但它常常越過了合理的界限”。

After Tamil Nadu banned TikTok on April 3,the app’s makers appealed to the Supreme Court of India, which refused tosuspend the ban immediately but will hear the matter again on April 22.

泰米爾納德邦于4月3日封禁TikTok后,該應用程序的開發者向印度最高法院提出上訴,該法院拒絕立即暫停該禁令,但將于4月22日再次舉辦聽證會。



ByteDance did not immediately respond to arequest for comment.

字節跳動公司沒有立即回應(我社)置評請求。