SINGAPORE: As a teenager who uses live-streaming apps, she was alarmed to find her year-old niece watching disturbing content on one such app one day: A person stripping in front of the camera. The year-old also came to know of a girl around her age who was asked to take off her clothes while using one of these apps.
If you are into chatting on video, with Yirenfang Live you will find an app from Asia where you can practise your Chinese and where users give you a bit of chit-chat as they take off their clothes so that you can see them in their birthday suits. However, it must be said that not everyone using the app has this obsession with getting naked. We are obviously talking about an application developed for the entertainment of an adult app. It works live any other app of its kind, with users who nude a leaderboard depending on the of followers they have, ratings, virtual gifts they receive
The video on the left features a minor with a suggestive caption.
Out of 23 reports he made of obscene content on the platform, only three s were taken down, Nitish says. For starters, companies like Google and Apple need to call these apps out. It was again unclear if these dancers were consenting and above Further, there are also instances of recruiters who claim to be with Bigo Live on Linkedin, looking for only women broadcasters.
And broadcasters know how to exploit it — in some conversations on Bigo Live, Nitish observed users rejoicing that the company does not understand Hindi, otherwise they would have been behind bars. Featuring many streams that can be described as suggestive at best and pornographic at worst, it is not difficult to find mature and adult content on the Bigo Live.
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This is not a problem with Bigo Live alone. This lack of regulation is a problem with a host of other apps, especially ones that are not Indian.
After this, a third person, a man, comes in the frame and starts directing them as to where they should dance and how. This happened several times, with several offensive live streams, Nitish claims.
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Screenshot from Kwai. In one live stream Nitish saw on the app, a man requested his audience of to send him gifts and goodies on the app in return for sexually abusing his wife on video. In another instance, Nitish recounts, a girl can be seen dancing on the live stream.
Then they are both told to dance together. Featuring many streams that can be described as suggestive at best and pornographic at worst, it is not difficult to find mature and adult content on the platform.
It app over 40 million downlo in India with almost 12, official broadcasters in the country. And live he reported the for pornographic content, it was not taken down. Further, all the popular live streams nude young girls. There needs to be some effort to raise awareness about this among broadcasters as well as viewers. Nitish says that there is a lot of self-generated content here by kids and teens themselves, a lot of which is suggestive in nature.
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Apart from these, Bigo Live also appears to have live streaming of copyrighted material such as films. In one stream, a woman was crying saying that she has not received her salary.
However, things can get quite ugly here. A salient part of the app and its popularity is that broadcasters can earn money on it by encashing the gifts and awards they receive on the platform.
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Further, considering this app is open for teenagers to use as well makes it all the more problematic. Based on more such discussions, he adds that a monthly salary of a broadcaster could range from Rs 50, to Rs 4 lakh. Geetika Mantri Follow geetikamantri.
This poses two problems. However, Nitish Chandan, a cyber security specialist, who investigated content on the app, made some alarming observations about it. If you were to install and open one of the top live streaming apps on Google Play Store — Bigo Live — the home would shock you.
Section 67 makes publishing and transmission of obscene material in electronic form illegal. Secondly, this could create an incentive for exploitation.
Then she is pulled aside by a nude and another girl is pushed into the frame. Firstly, it makes broadcasters do acts that they may be uncomfortable app, or even illegal, in order to make money. It has agencies working for it in India to recruit broadcasters and train them. Apart from videos of girls dancing suggestively, Nitish live found that there were streams on Bigo Live where broadcasters — a lot of them women — were asking viewers to send them virtual gifts, Paytm cash and so on for doing something in return — most often sexual in nature.