Indian government wants Apple to boot TikTok out of the App Store

Govt acts against Tik Tok after SC refuses stay on ban

Govt acts against Tik Tok after SC refuses stay on ban

Google has removed TikTok from its Play Store, some users reported Tuesday night, but the popular short video app was available on Apple's App Store. Those users will not be impacted by the removal of the app from the Google Play store. Where Apple did not respond to the request for comment, TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google's move.

TikTok is touted to be one of the fastest-growing apps with vast markets like India driving its growth, contributing 88.6 million new users to the platform over the last three months, per reports. Earlier this year, the US Federal Trade Commission fined the company $5.7 million over child privacy violations.

Representatives for Google and Apple declined to comment.

Bytedance challenged the court's ban order in India's Supreme Court last week, saying it went against freedom of speech rights in India. And, the three-person Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the case on April 22 after observing the proceedings tomorrow. The ban order came after court noted that children were being exposed to pornographic and inappropriate material.

Industry sources told AFP that the information technology ministry had now sent out an order to Google and Apple to remove the app from their online stores.

The Chennai case was launched by an activist group which said the app encouraged paedophiles and pornography.

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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.

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.

According to the Economic Times, ByteDance has removed more than six million videos that violated its terms of use and community guidelines, following a review of the content generated by its users in India. TikTok has argued that it is not responsible for the kind of content that third-parties upload.

The Madras High Court is scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday, April 16 on the issue of ad-interim orders and pass orders or directions accordingly.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chinese company ByteDance, said there were over billion downloads of the mobile app and ex-parte orders were passed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court.

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