Apple Removes Short Video App TikTok from Indian App Store Following Ban

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Following a court order, Apple and Google have pulled the viral TikTok video app from the App Store and Google Play. The app had come under criticism from Indian regulators for some of the objectionable content it served to users.

The app was first banned by the Madras High Court and the order was upheld by the Supreme Court. The ban and the removal of the apps come as a major blow to TikTok which has registered phenomenal growth in India over the last few months. In the last quarter alone, TikTok added around 88.6 million users from India, with a worldwide tally of 188 million.

“As per the proceedings in the Supreme Court today, the Madras High Court will hear the matter on ex parte ad interim oder. 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…In line with this, we have been stepping up efforts to take down objectionable content. To date, we have removed over 6 million videos that violated our terms of use and community guidelines, following an exhaustive review of content generated by our users in India,” the company said.

Following criticism from various Indian regulators, ByteDance stepped up its effort to remove objectional content from TikTok. However, the efforts seem to have come a bit late as the Supreme Court has still upheld the ban on the app which led to its removal from the App Store and Google Play. The next hearing on TikTok’s ban is scheduled on April 22.

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[Via Economic Times]