Govt asks Google, Apple to comply with court order prohibiting TikTok download

Govt acts against Tik Tok after SC refuses stay on ban

Govt asks Google, Apple to comply with court order prohibiting TikTok download

Today, the Government of India has reportedly asked of Google and Apple to remove TikTok from Play Store and App Store, respectively.

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.

The app, which claims to have 500 million users worldwide including more than 120 million in India, has been fighting the effort to shut it down after a high court in Chennai called for the ban on 3 April. Google said in a statement it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws. Emails sent to Google, Apple and MeitY did not elicit comments until press time.

The Madras High Court's ex-parte order was challenged in the Supreme Court by Chinese company ByteDance.

The order issued by the ministry will help stop further download of the application, but users who have already downloaded it will be able to continue using it on their smartphones, The Economic Times reported, quoting sources. The top court referred the case back to the Madras High Court, which on Tuesday refused to lift the ban on the mobile app.

While the app is now not available to download on the Google Play Store, existing users can still use it.

The company says it has more than 500 million monthly active users around the world.

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Jokes, clips and footage related to India's thriving movie industry dominate the TikTok platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music.

With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos and these may have inappropriate content.

The case for ByteDance is being argued by Abhishek Manu Singhvi who is a senior advocate in India. The Supreme Court has listed the matter again for April 22, 2019, to be apprised of the outcome of the hearing on the April 16th, 2019 before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

In its petition to the Supreme Court last week, ByteDance said it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform.

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.

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

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