Google and Apple block video sharing app TikTok in India

Google and Apple block video sharing app TikTok in India

Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court's directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

A court had earlier asked the federal government to ban TikTok, citing concerns the video-sharing mobile app exposed children to troubling content, including pornography. Apple did not respond to requests for comment, while TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google's move.

As per a report by Sensor Tower, TikTok acquired 188 million users in Q1 2019 and ByteDance (the company behind the app) has India to thank for over 88.6 million additions. The court ruling restricts future downloads of the app in India, not existing users, said one of the people familiar with the decision, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.

Do you support the high court's decision to get the app removed or do you think that India is turning into China by enforcing censorship?

The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna has listed the case for April 22, on which date the Court will be apprised of the developments that take place at the Madras High Court.

With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos.

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Google, in an email response to Business Standard, said it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws.

TikTok (through PLR Chambers) approached the Supreme Court asking for the order to be set aside, as it would cause irreparable loss to the company.

If the app is harmful for youngsters, and if is the app needs to be removed from the app stores, then it also needs to be removed from all smartphones in India.

TikTok is problematic because it has been found to host user-generated content that is considered to be inappropriate.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chinese company ByteDance, said there were over billion downloads of the mobile app and ex-parte orders were passed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court. "We are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives", a TikTok spokesperson said. In its defence, TIkTok states that it can't be held liable for the kind of content that "third-parties" upload on the platform.

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