Google And Apple Removed TikTok From Stores

by | Apr 17, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Google and Apple have removed TikTok from the Play Store and App Store. TikTok is a social media application owned by a Chinese internet firm, Bytedance. Following the directions of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the application is removed from the stores. An order by the Madras High Court on 3rd April prohibits the use and download of the application in India.

TikTok is a popular application which was aggressively used by teenagers for the creation and sharing of short videos. The app was available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store until the order was passed. After the order, which was passed on Tuesday, the app cannot be downloaded further. But people who already have it on their phone will be able to access it using their smartphones.

The Madras High Court refused to stay the ban on the application. It has appointed an independent counsel to take forward the case. The Court has also asked the center to completely ban the application. This will be done by hearing the petition from S MuthuKumar who is the senior advocate. The petition states that children who are using TikTok were susceptible to revelation to sexual predators.

The company responded on Tuesday saying, they were confident that 120 million users will continue to use the platform. They also added that they have removed nearly 6 million videos from their platform. They did this because the content of the videos violated its “Terms of Use and Community Guidelines”. Although there are no comments on the removal of the application from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

The next hearing of the TikTok case will be on 24th April in Madras High Court. The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing on 22nd April.