TikTok, the popular app that lets you create short videos with dubbing, has become a global phenomenon in recent years.
Following the court decree, the government on Tuesday asked both Google and Apple to comply with the order and take down the application. A recent study by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower recently stated that TikTok added 188 million users in Q1.
YourStory reached out to TikTok about MeitY's directive to Google and Apple, and the company refused to comment on the matter.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chinese company ByteDance, said there were over billion downloads of the mobile app and ex-parte orders were passed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court. The court had directed the Centre to ban the Tiktok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it. "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", a TikTok spokesperson said. In such a situation, Google has now removed Tik Tok from its play store in India, and has disabled downloads. The app was globally ranked third amongst the most installed apps during the first quarter of 2019. Whereas, Google's Play Store instantly blocked the downloads in India after receiving a request from the concerned Ministry.
The bench said the high court is already seized of the matter and the ban order was just an interim order.
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Jokes, clips, and footage related to India's thriving movie industry dominate the app's platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music.
The top court had referred the case back to the state court, where a judge on Tuesday rejected Bytedance's request to put the ban order on hold, K. Neelamegam, a lawyer arguing against Bytedance in the case, said. It is due to hear the case again on 22 April.
TikTok is problematic because it has been found to host user-generated content that is considered to be inappropriate.
The company employed more than 250 people in India and was planning to invest more to expand its business, according to a report by The Times of India.
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