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Google blocks TikTok in India, hurting Chinese startup

17 April 2019
Google blocks TikTok in India, hurting Chinese startup

The app is no longer available on Google Play Store or Apple's App store in India.

TikTok was the third most installed app globally during Q1across the App Store and Google Play, the same rank it held during the previous quarter, according to Sensor Tower, a market analysis firm.

The bench hearing the case said: "It is evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate contents are made available in this kind of cyber applications".

The company added that it had been increasing efforts to take down "objectionable content" and had so far removed more than 6 million videos in India that violated its user guidelines. 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.

"Indian Govt. Orders Google, Apple To Remove TikTok; What About Existing Users Of TikTok?", 5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. As it turns out, MeitY made this move after the Supreme Court in India denied TikTok's plea to stay the Madras High Court's directive from April 3.

Following the court decree, the government on Tuesday asked both Google and Apple to comply with the order and take down the application.

The issue will be heard in the Supreme Court on April 22, but the app could potentially vanish from stores before then.

A Bytedance spokeswoman declined to comment on the app store decisions, but provided a statement on the India situation: "The case is still ongoing to date", the company said.

The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing for April 24.

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.

ByteDance counsel had argued that it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, Tiktok app allows users to create short videos and share them.

TikTok said in a statement that it had faith in the Indian judicial system and was "optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by millions" of its users.

India is one of several nations across Asia adopting more draconian oversight of internet companies, similar to the way China regulates the web.