Google Blocks Chinese App TikTok in India After Court Order

TikTok Ban Government Asks Google Apple to Drop Video Sharing Application From Their App Stores

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TikTok, in a statement, welcomed the Madras High Court's decision to appoint Arvind Datar independent counsel to assist the court in assessing the impact of the mobile application. ByteDance contended in front of the Supreme Court that the app is like any other social media platform, and singling out of TikTok is discriminatory and arbitrary and that the "disproportionate" ban has resulted in infringement of fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. On April 3, Madras High court has passed an order where it asked the government to prohibit the download of TikTok app.

The app was still available on both Apple and Google platforms on Tuesday after the Tamil Nadu state court upheld the ban and it was not immediately clear if and when those companies would implement the court order.

The issue will be heard in the Supreme Court on April 22, but the app could potentially vanish from stores before then.

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The Supreme Court Monday refused to stay the Madras High Court order that directed the Government of India to ban the "Tiktok" app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.

Madras High Court had on April 3 asked the government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users.

Popular video creating app, Tik Tok has faced some serious backlash from people around the globe.

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Google, in an email response to Business Standard, said it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws.

TikTok also said that to date, "we have removed over 6 million videos that violated our terms of use and community guidelines, following an exhaustive review of contents generated by our users in India". Apple followed suit, blocking the app, and you will no longer be able to find the app on either of the two most popular stores. The next hearing on April 24th. More than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month past year.

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 app is hugely popular among all age group in India and has been criticised by several leaders.

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