Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

TikTok has been taken down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India following an order by the Supreme Court of India.

The Media is prohibited from telecasting the videos made using Tik Tok Mobile App.

While the ban would prohibit new downloads of the app it would not impact the experience for consumers which already have the app on their devices.

TikTok has more than 120 million users in India but has faced criticism from some for hosting inappropriate content.

The court ruling restricts future downloads of the TikTok app in India.

The owners of TikTok are positive about the appointment of Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel).

"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", the company said in the statement.

With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos.

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On April 3, the state court in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu asked the federal government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to stay the order.

On April 15, SC refused to stay the Madras High Court order on grounds of the issue being still sub-judice.

This is indeed a big blow for TikTok, because India is the country where they are witnessing highest growth, and a ban from Google and Apple app stores will halt their growth.

The Madras High Court is scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday, April 16 on the issue of ad-interim orders and pass orders or directions accordingly.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna has listed the case for April 22, on which date the Court will be apprised of the developments that take place at the Madras High Court.

Salman Waris, a technology lawyer at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, said the legal action against Bytedance could set a precedent of Indian courts intervening to regulate content on social media and other digital platforms.

However, users can go for alternative ways to download the app, but that can be illegal, and the downloaded code can be infected with viruses as well.

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