Google to Takedown TikTok Access in India, High Court’s Stay Order

Google, the popular search engine platform has blocked the widely prevalent TikTok Video app in India. Following the High Court Order, Google terminated access to the Chinese app TikTok in India. On Tuesday, the Madras High Court rejected its temporary ban on the popular Social media application, TikTok. It is still not clear whether the users will be able to access this app on Google Play Store and Apple store or not following the HC order. The Bytedance Technology from China requested for a suspension of the ban on the TikTok app.

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On 3rd April, the state court requested the Government to ban the TikTok app as it is recommending pornography among the children. The Central Government already sent a letter to Google and Apple to accept the court order in the state. The app was made available on the Apple store even after the order and Google Play Store removed it from the store in India.

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The Chinese Internet company, Bytedance originally designed and developed the TikTok app for mobile users. According to their statement, TikTok is an optimistic app that had more than 120 million active users on a monthly basis. The Madras High Court even hired a senior advocate namely Arvind Datar as an independent counsel in order to help assess and analyze the influence of this popular app on the users.

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Later, TikTok said in an email that reads 'We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curiae (independent counsel) to the court.' On the other hand, the Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi from ByteDance asked for a stay order regarding the app ban in the country. His argument is that this ban would surely cause irreparable harm to the company.

TikTok is a popular application that enables users to create and share tiny videos using exceptional effects. The craze for this app has been enhanced very much among the public in India. There are some politicians who have criticized about the inappropriate content in this app. However, the state court has decided to give its further hearing on 24th April 2019.

by Neetu Panwar | Wed, Apr 17 - 10:52 AM

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