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

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

The bulk of these users are children and teenagers.

The app had become increasingly popular in India and had been downloaded more than 240 million times in February according to analytics firm, Sensor Tower. It's also been alleged, in several countries no less, that the app is proving to be a fertile hunting ground for paedophiles. Datar's appointment was directed in order to examine the implications of the TikTok app.

In effect, the Court has not granted a stay on the order passed by the High Court.

Update: Google and Apple have pulled TikTok from their mobile application stores in India.

Also, in the absence of the app from legitimate and trusted sources, users may turn to web based third-party stores, which can be more unsafe as they do not verify apps for hidden malicious content as Google and Apple do.

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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.

This is the same argument that has been made by Facebook, YouTube and others to defend their position as platforms instead of publishers. As per reports, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi would hear the matter on April 22.

Madras High Court had banned TikTok, as it found that the app polluted the minds of the youngsters, and is harmful to the society. 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.

It had asked the government if it would enact a statute on the line of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act in the U.S. and posted the matter for further hearing on April 16. However, the Chinese company said that it had removed over 6 million videos that violated its guidelines. This was a 12 time increase since January of the same year. TikTok also claimed that the ex-parte order of Madras HC is arbitrary and illegal, as the ban on the download and use of the app not only curtails its right to freedom of speech and expression but will also lead to financial loss as well as a loss of jobs.

India is one of several nations across Asia adopting more draconian oversight of internet companies, similar to the way China regulates the web.

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