Govt acts against TikTok after SC refuses stay on ban

TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India

TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India

Google has removed TikTok from its Play Store, some users reported Tuesday night, but the popular short video app was available on Apple's App Store. TikTok has claimed that the High Court's ex-parte order 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 and loss of jobs.

This means that no new user will be able to access TikTok app now, as it won't be available for download.

An interim order from the Madras High Court directing the govt to ban TikTok in India has come into effect.

At time of writing, Apple has not pulled TikTok from its App Store in India.

TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. He further contested that the Indian High Court in Madras had issued an interim order without giving TikTok the opportunity to defend itself.

The move follows a ruling by the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores over concerns that it was being used to spread pornography.

The issue will be heard in the Supreme Court on April 22, but the app could potentially vanish from stores before then.

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Industry sources told AFP that the information technology ministry had now sent out an order to Google and Apple to remove the app from their online stores.

With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos and these may have inappropriate content.

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 state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and will next hear it on April 24. "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", the company said.

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.

The company employs more than 250 people in India and had plans for more investment as it expands the business, it said.

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