Govt asks Google, Apple to comply with court order prohibiting TikTok download

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The Supreme Court Monday refused to stay the Madras High Court order that directed the Government of India to ban the "Tiktok" app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.

On April 4th, Madras High Court had ordered that TikTok app needs to be banned and had asked the take action on it.

It should be noted that earlier a court in Tamil Nadu had refused a request by Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on the app, following which ByteDance challenged the court's ban in Supreme Court saying it went against the freedom of speech right in India. It's being reported that Apple and Google have been asked to remove the app from the App Store and Play Store respectively.

The app has had quite a few run-ins with the law.

The Government has stated the reason for the ban as the abuse of the app to distribute child pornography and illegal content.

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.

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

TikTok is a social media platform primarily built around user-generated lip-synced videos played to licensed tunes, and shared by users.

The order passed by the High Court is based on various unsubstantiated and factually incorrect or gross exaggerations made by the PIL litigant, the petitioner company states. The case is up for hearing in the Madras High Court, after which the SC will decide on its fate on 22nd April.

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".

The court also appointed Advocate Arvind Datar as independent counsel in this case.

They also expressed that they're not responsible for third-party content on their platform and the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 gives TikTok conditional legal safeguards in that regard. And should this step be taken by Pakistani higher authorities too? More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month past year.