Indian Government bans TikTok downloads over safety concerns

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

After Madaras High Court's directive, Google has blocked access to the popular video making Chinese app TikTok in India to prohibit its downloads. The app was still available on Apple's app store until Tuesday, April 16 but has been removed from Google's Play Store in India. The company released a statement saying that they are optimistic about the outcome.

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

The move comes after the High Court determined TikTok was encouraging pornography and illicit content. The app allows the users to create short videos and then share them.

According to an Economic Times report, TikTok has characterised the order as disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary and made no comment on the ban.

Having said that, the app is still accessible to the ones who have it downloaded on their phones.

It had also restrained the visual and social media from telecasting through the app.

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

The SC will hear the matter again on April 22.

The Indian high court's interim order also included a request to the central government of India to advocate a ban nationwide. "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.

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. "Strict action needs to be taken against people publishing such content instead of asking for a blanket ban on apps".

Last week, the company said it had removed over 6 million videos that violated its terms of use and community guidelines, following an exhaustive review of content generated by its users in India.

Users that don't already have the app will no longer be able to download it.

TikTok app has become a craze in India with more than 54 million monthly active users in the country.

In its petition to the Supreme Court last week, ByteDance said it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform.

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