TikTok app has been removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store after Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had sent a letter to Apple and Google to accept the order given by the court to prohibit downloading of TikTok Mobile Application. This comes after the Madurai Bench of the Madras high court refused a request by China’s Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on the app.
An Indian state court had earlier asked the federal government to ban TikTok, citing concerns the video-sharing mobile app exposed children to troubling content, including pornography. The app is responsible for promoting disturbing content which affects the culture. The court also said that media is also prohibited from telecasting the videos made using the TikTok app.
But TikTok has exploded in popularity elsewhere, giving Bytedance more global reach than any other Chinese tech company. Investors have valued the closely held company at $75 billion. The startup has made a considerable push in India, where a vast majority of consumers use phones running Google’s Android software.
Last week Bytedance challenged the state court’s ban order in India’s Supreme Court, saying it went against freedom of speech rights in India. In the filing, the company argued that a ‘very minuscule’ proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.
The court directed to appoint senior advocate as an independent counsel in the case to examine the implications of the app. It has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case, and the next hearing in the case has been scheduled for April 24.
No more Tiktok banned in India…
ByteDance-owned TikTok recently reached 500 million monthly active users, but India is its largest market with over 120 million monthly active users. The company said in a court filing the ban was resulting in a $500,000 daily loss and was putting more than 250 jobs at risk. The lift, no doubt, will be a major relief.
The Madras High Court moved to lift the ban on the condition that sexually explicit material will not be uploaded to the platform and that it will address any content-related complaint in three to 36 hours, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.