TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, is hugely popular in India but some politicians say its content is inappropriate.The government sent a letter requesting Apple and Google to abide by the state court's order banning TikTok in India, according to an IT ministry official.
Expressing concern over the "pornographic and inappropriate" contents of the TikTok, the high court had, on April 3, directed the Centre to ban the app.
With over 9 million downloads on the Google Play Store, TikTok is a very popular video making app around the world.
The Indian government has asked Google and Apple to take down TikTok from their app stores.
Nonetheless, as noted, TikTok has confirmed that it has removed more than 6 million videos, following a review of content generated by users in India.
However, users can go for alternative ways to download the app, but that can be illegal, and the downloaded code can be infected with viruses as well.
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The Madras High Court's ex-parte order was challenged in the Supreme Court by Chinese company ByteDance. As per reports, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi would hear the matter on April 22.
A Google spokesperson told IANS: "As a policy, we don't comment on individual apps but adhere to the law in countries we operate in".
The move is likely to restrict further downloads of the app, but people who have already downloaded it will be able to continue using it on their smartphones, ET quoted people familiar with the development. It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February.
TikTok argues in the petition before the Supreme Court that if the ban imposed by the High Court is not lifted, it would cause irreparable loss to the petitioner and would give a significant advantage to the petitioner's competitors.
The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing for April 24.
Reacting to the top court's refusal to stay the high court's order, TikTok said: "We have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011.We have been stepping up efforts to take down objectionable content". "Now it is up to the companies to do it or appeal the order".