TikTok vanishes from Google, Apple app stores after ban

TikTok vanishes from Google, Apple app stores after ban

Day after the Supreme Court refused to stay the Madras High Court's TikTok ban order issued on 3 April, the government has asked tech giants Google and Apple to comply with the directive prohibiting downloading the TikTok app. Users can download the popular mobile app TikTok only through Google Play Store or Apple App Store. ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, had appealed their case to the Supreme Court for a stay to be put on the ban. As of writing this report, we can confirm that the video making app is no longer available on the Play Store and App Store in India.

The app has had quite a few run-ins with the law. 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. At this point, it's unclear if Apple will block TikTok downloads or what the company will have to do to get back in India's good graces.

Having said that, the app is still accessible to the ones who have it downloaded on their phones.

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TikTok even removed 6 million videos from its service last week to address the problem of inappropriate content on the app.

The Indian high court's interim order also included a request to the central government of India to advocate a ban nationwide. TikTok has argued that it is not responsible for the kind of content that third-parties upload. The Supreme Court has listed the matter again for April 22, 2019, to be apprised of the outcome of the hearing on the April 16th, 2019 before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

"We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court. In line with this, we have been stepping up efforts to take down the objectionable content". Earlier this year, the US Federal Trade Commission fined the company $5.7 million over child privacy violations. Many Chinese apps, including TikTok, have come under fire not only in India but also in the United States, the UK, Hong Kong and Indonesia for content that is often dangerously close to exposing children to nudity and possibly those who seek to coerce or groom underage users into committing explicit acts.

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