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MeitY issues notice to TikTok and Helo, threatens with ban if questions not answered by July 22

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On July 17, MeitY's Cyber Laws and e-Security wing issued a notice to TikTok and Helo, asking them to respond to concerns that they were being used to commit anti-India and unlawful activities, Business Today reported. The ministry has sent the platforms a list of questions and warned them that they may face action or be banned if the ministry doesn't get an appropriate response. The questionnaire covered a range of issues, including unauthorised data sharing, anti-national activities on the platform, and Helo paying a huge sum for putting 11,000 morphed political ads on other social media platforms. The notices are in response to RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch's letter to the prime minister that called for a ban on the two apps, claiming that TikTok had become a hub for “anti-national content” that was capable of disrupting the “fabric…

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