Google and Apple have blocked the download of the Chinese short-video application TikTok from Play Store and Apple Store in India respectively. This move from the Internet biggies comes following the request from the government to ban the video app over the concerns about access to pornographic content through it.
After the Supreme Court refused to stay on an earlier order by the Madras High Court to ban the app, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked Google and Apple to block the app. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, posted the matter for hearing to April 22, as the Madras High Court is expected to hear the case on April 16.
“We are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives,” a TikTok spokesperson said.
The ban order came after the court noted that children were being exposed to ‘pornographic and inappropriate material’.
TikTok app is created by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. This app allows a user to create and share short videos with special effects. This video app has become widely famous in rural India, home to most of the country’s 1.3 billion people.
The app has gained so much popularity in India over the past year that it is now nearly impossible for any social media user to not have come across its content.