TikTok Removed From App Store, Play Store in India After Court Order

Apr 17, 2019, 15:43
TikTok Removed From App Store, Play Store in India After Court Order

Expressing concern over the "pornographic and inappropriate" contents of the TikTok, the high court had, on April 3, directed the Centre to ban the app.

The app was still available on Apple's App Store till Tuesday's midnight, but it is now entirely blocked in the country. India made up for about 39% of TikTok's 500 Million-strong userbase in 2018, and a move like this strongly affects the app and its ability to do business in such a key market.

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.

The high court's interim order came on a public interest litigation (PIL) which alleged that the app encouraged paedophiles and the content "degraded culture and encouraged pornography".

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Bytedance challenged the court's ban order in India's Supreme Court last week, saying it went against freedom of speech rights in India.

Update: Tech2 can confirm that the app is no longer available for download on Apple's App Store.

"We are optimistic about an outcome that would allow over 120 million monthly active users in India to continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives", it said.

Following the directions from India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Apple has removed Chinese video sharing application TikTok from its App Store.

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"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.

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

Jokes, clips, and footage related to India's thriving movie industry dominate the app's platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music. In response, the top court referred the case back to the state court, where the company's request was rejected and implemented a ban on the app.

The matter will be heard on April 16 by the Madras High Court.

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During the hearing on Tuesday, TikTok submitted before the Court that it has technology in place to filter inappropriate content, reports Bar and Bench.