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TikTok Ban Government Asks Google Apple to Drop Video Sharing Application From Their App Stores

TikTok is one of the most used apps by desi people. Irrespective of whether you like TikTok or hate it, the app went on to be included in Google Play's Best Apps of 2018 for its entertainment quotient amongst its audience. Its ruling came after an individual launched a public interest litigation calling for a ban.

Citing Madras High Court order on April 3, Government of India today banned TikTok app downloads in India. The court also prohibited the media from telecasting the videos made using TikTok. However, the Bench declined to stay the ban and adjourned the matter to April 24. TikTok also claimed that the ex-parte order of Madras HC is arbitrary and illegal, as the ban on the download and use of the app not only curtails its right to freedom of speech and expression but will also lead to financial loss as well as a loss of jobs.

In its Supreme Court filing, Bytedance argued that a "very minuscule" proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene. The High Court will now hear the matter on the issue of ad interim relief.

Following the directions from India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Apple has removed Chinese video sharing application TikTok from its App Store.

The move comes after the High Court determined TikTok was encouraging pornography and illicit content. 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.

At the time of writing this article, TikTok was still available in the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store.

It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February.

The app is already banned in Bangladesh and has been fined in the U.S. for illegally collecting information on children. But even then, this massively affects the apps discoverability and legitimacy for the end consumers.

"We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel) to the court".

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the hugely popular app, has appealed the ban arguing TikTok was like any other social media platform and the ban was discriminatory and arbitrary.

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