Tik Tok gets banned in India

Indian government wants Apple to boot TikTok out of the App Store

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.

On Tuesday, Bytedance Technology - the company behind the TikTok app - requested the high court to remove the ban on the app but the court refused and ordered Google and Apple to remove the app from their respective app stores.

The app has had quite a few run-ins with the law.

TikTok is problematic because it has been found to host user-generated content that is considered to be inappropriate.

The rise of Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok in India has been so spectacular over the past year that it is now almost impossible for any social media user to not have come across its content.

The Indian government has asked Google and Apple to take down TikTok from their app stores.

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Having said that, the app is still accessible to the ones who have it downloaded on their phones. The matter was then taken to the Supreme Court, which refused to stay the order on the grounds that the matter was still sub-judice and that it would hear the matter on 22 April.

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 High Court asked the government to prohibit download of TikTok application. "We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India", TikTok added. According to a survey in 2018, India accounts for 39% of the user base of Tik Tok. What we do know is that TikTok, like its peers, will have to find a way to monitor the content it shares.

In its plea to the SC, TikTok had argued that it is an intermediary as defined under Section 79 of the country's Information Technology Act, and it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform. However, the Chinese company said that it had removed over 6 million videos that violated its guidelines. "We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India".

There are more than 12 crore users of TikTok in India, and nearly 40% of all TikTok users globally are in India.

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