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

Apple and Google have removed TikTok, which allows users to create and share videos, from their app stores in India.

The new directive issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) means that users who don't already have the app, won't be able to download it once the order goes into effect.

In its April 3 order, the Madras HC said it was evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such mobile applications.

"We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court", the statement from TikTok reads.

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

This comes after the Indian Supreme Court refused a stay order on the TikTok ban issued by the Madras High Court. The company released a statement saying that they are optimistic about the outcome.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chinese company ByteDance, said there were over billion downloads of the mobile app and an ex-parte orders were passed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court. Apple did not respond to requests for comment, while TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google's move. It was temporarily banned in Indonesia on grounds of hosting illegal content on its platform and was fined by the Federal Trade Commission in the USA of 5.7 million Dollars for acquiring information from kids under the age of 13. It also restricted media companies from telecasting the videos made using the application.

Following this, the government sent a letter to tech giants, Apple and Google to abide by the court order. A recent study by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower recently stated that TikTok added 188 million users in Q1. Its user base in India accounts for 39% of the 500 Mn global install base. And should this step be taken by Pakistani higher authorities too? TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India. "To date, we have removed over 6 million videos that violated our Terms of Use and Community Guidelines, following an exhaustive review of content generated by our users in India".

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