Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

TikTok app removed from Google and Apple stores in India

TikTok app removed from Google and Apple stores in India

TikTok has been taken down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India following an order by the Supreme Court of India.

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

The Madras high court had asked the government to ban Tik Tok as they argued it encourages pornography and makes children vulnerable to sexual predators.

ByteDance told The Drum: "We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court".

The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing for April 24. Later, the matter was brought to the Indian Supreme Court where the Tiktok owners argued for a stay on the ban and asserted that it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform. In a statement on Tuesday, TikTok said it has faith in the Indian judicial system.

ByteDance (India) Technology Private Limited, which owns the mobile application, had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court last week against the lower court's April 3 order. Apple did not respond to requests for comment, while TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google's move.


TikTok, the popular - albeit controversial - Chinese video-sharing app, has run into problems in India.

The Centre had asked Google and Apple on Monday to comply with the Madras High Court's order, according to PTI.

In its plea to the SC, TikTok had argued that it is an intermediary as defined under Section 79 of the country's Information Technology Act, and it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform.

During the hearing on Tuesday, TikTok submitted before the Court that it has technology in place to filter inappropriate content, reports Bar and Bench. In line with this, we have been stepping up efforts to take down objectionable content.

TikTok app has become a craze in India with more than 54 million monthly active users in the country. "To date, we have removed over 6 million videos that violated our Terms of Use and Community Guidelines, following an exhaustive review of content generated by our users in India".

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