Google Blocks TikTok App After Madras HC Refused to Lift Ban

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Google has blocked access to Chinese video app ‘TikTok’ in its play store after the Madras High Court yesterday refused to lift the ex-parte ban imposed on it on April 3, reported Reuters.

The app is therefore not available for download from Google playstore now.

Yesterday, the Madras High Court did not accept the request of the Bytedance Technology Pvt Ltd – the Indian operator and marketer of the app- to suspend the ban. The bench of Justices Kirubakaran and S S Sundar appointed Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar as amicus curiae to assist the Court and posted the matter to April 24 for further hearing.

While acting on a PIL by an advocate seeking ban of the app, the High Court directed the state authorities to prohibit downloading of TikTok Mobile Application and prohibited media from telecasting the videos made using the app. The Court said that the app was “inappropriate” for children and exposed them to several dangers.

TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has become hugely popular in India. It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month last year.

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