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TikTok ban in India: Google blocks Chinese app after Madras HC order

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Steven Clarke | 17 Апреля, 2019, 13:32

Apple did not respond to Gadgets 360's request for comment, though the TikTok app was not available to download via the App Store.

In its Supreme Court filing, Bytedance argued that a "very minuscule" proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.

Following this, the government sent a letter to tech giants, Apple and Google to abide by the court order.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on April 3 passed an order directing the government to prohibit downloading of the TikTok app in the country. It was temporarily banned in Indonesia on grounds of hosting illegal content on its platform and was fined by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States of 5.7 million United States dollars for acquiring information from kids under the age of 13. On its part, TikTok has said that it's not liable to be punished for what "third parties" do.

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As per the proceedings in the Supreme Court today, the Madras High Court will hear the matter on ex parte ad interim order. The case is up for hearing in the Madras High Court, after which the SC will decide on its fate on 22nd April.

Earlier, TikTok had released a statement saying that the company is committed to improve and add new moderation features in order to curb misuse of their platform. What we do know is that TikTok, like its peers, will have to find a way to monitor the content it shares.

The court also appointed Advocate Arvind Datar as independent counsel in this case. "We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would allow over 120 Mn monthly active users in India to continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture the moments that matter in their everyday lives". "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". India accounts for more than 39% of TikTok's 500 million global users.

"This marked a year-over-year increase of 70 percent from Q1 2018, when 110 million users installed the hit app for the first time", Sensor Tower stated. Even if the app is banned, people can still download them from other sources or by changing their location.

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