Andhra police were alerted on Saturday about five teenagers who had gone missing from their houses in East Godavari. After a thorough search, they found out that they had left for creating TikTok videos, in hopes of earning money off of the app. They were safe and were sent home accordingly.
Five teenagers had left their home on Saturday in hopes of creating videos and monetizing it on TikTok. They were between the ages of 15 and 18, and had taken their bikes, a gift from their parents’, along with them. They drove as far as 150 kilometres, near Mangalagiri hills, without a proper license.
The District Superintendent of Police, Amalapuram, Shaik Masoom Basha, was quoted saying, “They wanted to create Tik Tok videos and generate revenue from the app. The boys planned to stay in the hills for a few weeks, create the videos and return back. The parents filed a missing person complaint and we formed five teams to trace them. The boys are back with their parents.”
The officer added that the boys had packed some groceries and gone away without informing their parents. Four of the youth are from Nagarama village and one from Kakinada of East Godavari. They were traced through the cell phone tower in Mangalagiri. Three of them were Class 10 students and the other two had dropped out of school this year.
TNM reported the DSP saying, “We advised the boys to focus on their studies and counselled the parents for gifting bikes to these boys. Since lockdown, a lot of people are spending their time creating TikTok videos and many now think they can earn money creating content and posting them on such apps.”
Inputs from Yukta Baid