Govt acts against TikTok after SC refuses stay on ban

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2019

At this point, it's unclear if Apple will block TikTok downloads or what the company will have to do to get back in India's good graces.

Representatives for Google and Apple declined to comment.

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". TikTok also claimed that the ex-parte order of Madras HC 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 as well as a loss of jobs.

Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play store in India to comply with the court's directive, a person with direct knowledge told Reuters on Tuesday.

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.

The government sent a letter requesting Apple & Google to abide by the state court's order.

The app was still available on both Apple and Google platforms on Tuesday after the Tamil Nadu state court upheld the ban and it was not immediately clear if and when those companies would implement the court order.

"It looks like the Chinese internet companies have cracked the code of getting into India", Kolla said.

But facing increased pressure the app, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, said last week it had taken down six million videos in India since last July which had infringed its guidelines.

TikTok is insisting that they are a platform, and they have nothing to do with the users. Upon hearing this, they left the hospital and the hospital authorities later informed the police.

"This is probably going to be seen as an opportunity by many law enforcement agencies to go for the jugular,"he said".

Govt. of India is in no mood to give TikTok another chance.

A juvenile allegedly shot dead by his friend as he pointed a pistol towards him while making a video on mobile application TikTok, it had emerged on April 16.

TikTok even removed 6 million videos from its service last week to address the problem of inappropriate content on the app.

Interestingly, TikTok has received a similar treatment in Bangladesh and for a while in Indonesia where it was banned for a week.

The same month, the US Federal Trade Commission said a $5.7m fine ordered against Tiktok was the largest imposed in a child privacy investigation.

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