TikTok Removed From Google Play Store In India Following Court’s Orders

TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India

Google and Apple have been asked by the government to take down popular Chinese short-video mobile application TikTok from their app stores, two people familiar with the matter said.

Recently, the Madras High Court had given an interim order banning the ultra-popular video-sharing app, TikTok.

The Madras High Court order asked the federal government to ban TikTok on the grounds that it encouraged pornography and made young users vulnerable to sexual predators.

Industry sources told AFP that the information technology ministry had now sent out an order to Google and Apple to remove the app from their online stores.

While Apple and Google are yet to comment on the directive, TikTok said in a statement: "We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as a part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India".

Sukumar said this could lead to increased pressure being put on companies like Google and Apple.

"We are optimistic about an outcome that would allow over 120 million monthly active users in India to continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives", it said.

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The company added that it had been increasing efforts to take down "objectionable content" and had so far removed more than 6 million videos in India that violated its user guidelines.

Do you support the high court's decision to get the app removed or do you think that India is turning into China by enforcing censorship? Later, the matter was brought to the Indian Supreme Court where the Tiktok owners argued for a stay on the ban and asserted that it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform. More than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month a year ago.

TikTok was at one point the third-most downloaded app on the Play Store.

The case for ByteDance is being argued by Abhishek Manu Singhvi who is a senior advocate in India.

During the hearing on Tuesday, TikTok submitted before the Court that it has technology in place to filter inappropriate content, reports Bar and Bench.

The development came when a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi posted the matter for hearing to April 22 as the Madras High Court is expected to hear the case on April 16.

TikTok also argues that its platform is merely an intermediary under the Information Technology Act and can not be held liable for the actions of third party users on the platform.

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