Supreme Court order Google and Apple to remove Famous short video sharing social media app TikTok from there store respectively due to concern over its porn content. This wildly popular app owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, its have estimated 50 million users in India, is facing backlash, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
In response to an order from the Madras High Court, both Apple and Google removed the Chinese app from its online stores.
On April 3, Madras High Court had called a banned app, as it promotes pornography and not good for children. The government then sent a letter to Google and Apple to abide by the state court’s order. Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company.
In December 2018, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had introduced the draft Intermediary Guidelines Rules 2018, in order to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news. Under the new guidelines, the intermediaries with more than 50 Lakh users will be required to incorporate in India with a physical address and also appoint a nodal officer for 24×7 assistance to coordination with law enforcement agencies and monitoring compliance under Indian law.
The removal of TikTok from the Play Store and App Store means people with an iPhone or Android smartphone will no longer be able to download it, however, anyone who already has it installed on their device will still be able to use it.
More legal hearings are due to take place at both the Madras High Court and India’s Supreme Court later this month.
A TikTok spokesperson said the firm was “optimistic” about the outcome and had “faith in the Indian judicial system”.
TikTok recently agreed to pay $5.7 million (£4.3m) to settle a case relating to its Musical.ly app, which the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claimed was illegally collecting data on children under the age of 13.