Govt acts against TikTok after SC refuses stay on ban

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The state court sought a ban on the app saying that it encourages pornography and exposes minors to inappropriate content. Later, the matter was brought to the Indian Supreme Court where the Tiktok owners argued for a stay on the ban and asserted that it can not be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform.

Google and Apple have removed the much-hyped video sharing application, TikTok from its app stores.

This means that no new user will be able to access TikTok app now, as it won't be available for download. "At Tik-Tok, we have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011", Tiktok said in an emailed statement.

The app has had quite a few run-ins with the law.

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Do you support the high court's decision to get the app removed or do you think that India is turning into China by enforcing censorship? The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, allows users to create short videos and then share them. At this point, it's unclear if Apple will block TikTok downloads or what the company will have to do to get back in India's good graces. The government had been directed to prohibit downloading of TikTok and had prohibited the media from telecasting the videos made using TikTok Mobile App.

Following the Madras High Court's order, TikTok had reached out to Supreme Court for a stay on the order but the appeal was rejected on 15 April on grounds that the matter was subjudice. The Supreme Court has listed the matter again for April 22, 2019, to be apprised of the outcome of the hearing on the April 16th, 2019 before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

Meanwhile, TikTok, in a statement, said: "We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as a part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India".

There are more than 12 crore users of TikTok in India, and nearly 40% of all TikTok users globally are in India. The company, on the other hand, has said it can't be held responsible for the content uploaded by third-parties. TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India.

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