TikTok App Removed From App Stores;Faces Blanket Ban In India



TikTok App Removed From App Stores;Faces Blanket Ban In India - Digpu

In a statement by Tiktok, the Chinese owned company said, ” We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel) to the court. We have faith in the Indian judicial system and 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.”

New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 —

In a welcome move, the Indian Government ordered Google And Apple to remove the Chinese-owned video app, TikTok after a complaint in an Indian court. The complaint was based on the concern that TikTok became a medium of the spread of pornographic material and adult content to underage children.

TikTok (then musical.ly) is a destination for short-form mobile videos. The app, which claims to have 500 million users worldwide with 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 April 3. In early 2018, TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world.

In February this year, TikTok also partnered with the Cyber Peace Foundation, an award-winning NGO and global think tank of cyber security and policy experts, to promote online safety and discuss the importance of online safety, educate internet users of safety practices to follow, along with efforts that should be taken to promote online safety.

Also Read: TikTok Launches the #SafeHumSafeInternet Campaign to Celebrate Safer Internet Day and Spread Positivity in India  

App Stores In India Have Removed The App Following The Blanket Ban

Industry sources said the information technology ministry had now sent out an order to tech giants Google and Apple to remove the app from their online stores. The app — which allows users to make and share short videos — can still be used by those who have already downloaded it on their smartphones.

India’s Supreme Court, which on Monday rejected a Tiktok appeal to suspend the order, is to hear the case again on April 22.

In a statement by Tiktok, the Chinese owned company said, ” We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel) to the court. We have faith in the Indian judicial system and 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.

Case Against TikTok For Encouraging Paedophiles And Pornography

The Madras High Court, which has been hearing public interest litigation against the app, said children who were using TikTok were vulnerable to exposure to sexual predators. “Inappropriate” content was TikTok’s “dangerous aspect”, the court said, adding that “there is a possibility of the children contacting strangers directly”. The case was launched by an activist group which said the app encouraged paedophiles and pornography.

TikTok has been at the helm of affairs worldwide lately. With a blanket ban on Tiktok in Indonesia and Bangladesh, Tiktok users had already been startled. Following that, the United States has condemned the illegal collection of information of minors and have imposed colossal fines on TikTok. The US Federal Trade Commission said a $5.7 million fine ordered against Tiktok was the largest imposed in a child privacy investigation.

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