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TikTok ban: TikTok disappears from Google Play Store and Apple App store in India

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court refuses to lift the ban against TikTok app that has been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App store.

Suhail Sattar Written by: Suhail Sattar
New Delhi Updated on: April 17, 2019 12:51 IST
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TikTok ban: TikTok disappears from Google Play Store and Apple App store in India

TikTok, the popular mobile app has been removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. It happened after the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent a letter to Google and Apple, followed by the court order to remove the TikTok Mobile App and prohibit its downloading.

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The decision to take down the app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store was after the Madurai Bench of the Madras high court refused a request that was made by Bytedance Technology to suspend the ban on the application.

The court, earlier this month had responded to the petition that asked for the ban on the app, saying that the app promotes disturbing content, which is inappropriate for the society and degrades culture. Other medias too are prohibited from telecasting the videos made via TikTok app.

Bytedance, the Chinese company last week challenged the Madras High court’s decision to ban in India’s Supreme Court, saying it was against the freedom of speech rights in India. The company in the filing argued that some of the contect on TikTok was simply inappropriate and obscene.

The court ordered to appoint a senior advocate as an independent counsel in context to the case for examining the implications of the app and has also requested for a written submission from the company in the case. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for 24th April.

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