Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Government directs Apple and Google to delete the TikTok App

Government directs Apple and Google to delete the TikTok App

After the Supreme Court refused to stay Madras High Court's order imposing a ban on TikTok app, the central government has reportedly asked Google and Apple to drop the Chinese video-sharing application from their app stores.

This is indeed a big blow for TikTok, because India is the country where they are witnessing highest growth, and a ban from Google and Apple app stores will halt their growth.

The app, which claims to have 500 million users worldwide including more than 120 million in India, has been fighting the effort to shut it down after a high court in Chennai called for the ban on 3 April. Apple did not respond to requests for comment, while TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google's move.

Users that don't already have the app will no longer be able to download it.

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A spokesman for TikTok in India declined to comment on the app's removal resulting from the TikTok ban in India, saying the matter was still in the courts.

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As per the proceedings in the Supreme Court today, the Madras High Court will hear the matter on ex parte ad interim order. The court had directed the centre to ban it over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.

Meanwhile, TikTok, in a statement, said: "We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as a part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India".

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The government sent a letter requesting Apple & Google to abide by the state court's order.

The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, allows users to create short videos and then share them.

During the hearing on Tuesday, TikTok submitted before the Court that it has technology in place to filter inappropriate content, reports Bar and Bench. TikTok has argued that it is not responsible for the kind of content that third-parties upload.

A spokesperson for TikTok said the firm had "faith in the Indian judicial system" and that it was "optimistic about an outcome that would be well received" by its millions of users.

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The company employs more than 250 people in India and had plans for more investment as it expands the business, it said. The Supreme Court will hear the matter on April 22, while the Madras High Court is is expected to hear the case on April 16, according to The Economic Times.

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