TikTok app removed from Google and Apple stores in India

The Supreme Court had on Monday declined to stay the High Court’s interim order and fixed April 22 as the date for hearing the matter

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere, for now, with the Madras High Court's order banning Chinese video app TikTok, and directed further hearing in the matter on April 22.

The order was issued by India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and follows an order by the Madras High Court prohibiting the downloading of the app in India.

Update: Google and Apple have pulled TikTok from their mobile application stores in India. The statement was made in light of the recent development after Madras High Court passed a directive, asking the government to put a ban on the app's download in the country. At this point, it's unclear if Apple will block TikTok downloads or what the company will have to do to get back in India's good graces.

Nonetheless, as noted, TikTok has confirmed that it has removed more than 6 million videos, following a review of content generated by users in India.

While the app is now not available to download on the Google Play Store, existing users can still use it.

The ban order came after the court noted that children were being exposed to pornographic and inappropriate material.

The move follows a ruling by the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores over concerns that it was being used to spread pornography.

Google said it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws, reported Reuters.

TikTok is a video making app, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects.

If the app is harmful for youngsters, and if is the app needs to be removed from the app stores, then it also needs to be removed from all smartphones in India.

The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing for April 24.

In its court filing, ByteDance argued that a "very minuscule" proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.

The company had faith in the judicial system and was "optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by" its millions of users in India, he added.

They also expressed that they're not responsible for third-party content on their platform and the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 gives TikTok conditional legal safeguards in that regard.

"The said ban, if not lifted immediately, shall cause severe prejudice and irreparable harm to the Petitioner Company and result in competitors gaining a significant and potentially irreversible advantage over the petitioner company".



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