Google & Apple blocks TikTok app in India

17 April, 2019, 13:32 | Author: Carlos George
  • Google Blocks Chinese App TikTok in India After Court Order

The Supreme Court today directed the Madras High Court to hear the case concerning the ban imposed on the use and download of TikTok on April 16.

According to the Economic Times, ByteDance has removed more than six million videos that violated its terms of use and community guidelines, following a review of the content generated by its users in India.

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.

The Chinese video-based social networking app then filed a petition with India's supreme court citing their concern that the ban on TikTok will "amount to curtailing the rights of the citizens of India".

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

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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. The company released a statement saying that they are optimistic about the outcome. As of writing this report, we can confirm that the video making app is no longer available on the Play Store and App Store in India. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to stay the order. "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. In line with this, we have been stepping up efforts to take down objectionable content.

Removing the app from app stores isn't really a solution to the problem, though. The app has been accused of hosting pornographic and sleazy content. At this point, it's unclear if Apple will block TikTok downloads or what the company will have to do to get back in India's good graces.

ByteDance told The Drum: "We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court".

"This marked a year-over-year increase of 70 percent from Q1 2018, when 110 million users installed the hit app for the first time", Sensor Tower stated.

The app is already banned in Bangladesh and has been fined in the USA for illegally collecting information on children.

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