TikTok no longer available on Google and Apple in India
Google and Apple have removed the Chinese internet firm Bytedance’s social media app TikTok from the Play Store and App Store. This app was removed to comply with a state court’s directive to prohibit its download.
The Madras high court on April 3 asked the central government to ban popular Chinese video application TikTok citing that it was “encouraging pornography”.
A Madurai-based senior lawyer-cum-social activist, Muthu Kumar, filed a petition at the Madras High court that said that children who use TikTok were more exposed to the sexual predators. He cited pornography, cultural degradation, suicides, and child abuses as his reasons to ban the app. He had requested the court to direct a ban on the application.
Following this, the central government sent a letter to Apple and Google to abide by the state court’s order. After this, the app is no longer available on Apple and Google platforms in India.
TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has become hugely popular in India but has been criticised by some politicians who say its content is inappropriate.
The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing for April 24.
– PTC NEWS