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Indiana, Dec 8 (UNI) The popular social media app TikTok has been sued by the US state of Indiana.

Its Attorney General Todd Rokita has accused TikTok’s parent company ByteDance of violating the state’s consumer protections laws, BBC reported.

Two lawsuits were filed on Wednesday. The first one claims the app exposes young users to inappropriate content.

In the other complaint, Rokita also alleges TikTok does not disclose the Chinese government’s potential to access sensitive consumer information. “TikTok is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” a court document said.

“As long as TikTok is permitted to deceive and mislead Indiana consumers about the risks to their data, those consumers and their privacy are easy prey,” the BBC quoted the document as saying.

The complaint says the app’s algorithm promotes a variety of inappropriate content, “depicting alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; sexual content, nudity, and suggestive themes; and intense profanity”.

It also claims that deceives young users with age ratings of 12 and above on Apple and Google app stores.

Indiana is seeking an injunction against its practices and civil penalties against the company for its “unfair and deceptive conduct.”

ByteDance and TikTok have not responded to the BBC’s request for comment.

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