Govt asks Google, Apple to comply with court order prohibiting TikTok download

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

Now, the app has been taken down from the Google Play Store, while iOS users can still download the popular app from the Apple App Store.

When the matter finally came up in front of the court on Monday, the Supreme Court refused to implement a stay against the Madras High Court's ban.

Separately, an IT ministry official and an industry source told Reuters that the federal government had sent a letter to Apple and Google to abide by the state court's order, which has called for prohibiting TikTok's downloads. However, the app wasn't available on Google's Play store in India late on Tuesday. 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.

The move comes after the High Court determined TikTok was encouraging pornography and illicit content.

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TikTok also argues that its platform is merely an intermediary under the Information Technology Act and can not be held liable for the actions of third party users on the platform. India accounts for more than 39% of TikTok's 500 million global users.

Earlier, TikTok had released a statement saying that the company is committed to improve and add new moderation features in order to curb misuse of their platform. The next hearing in the case has been posted for April 24. Like all social media apps, this one too has been misused by criminals. "Strict action needs to be taken against people publishing such content instead of asking for a blanket ban on apps".

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court previously rejected the petition to lift the ban against the Chinese app and it appointed senior advocate Arvind Datar as an independent counsel in the case to examine the implications of the application. "We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would allow over 120 Mn monthly active users in India to continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture the moments that matter in their everyday lives".

However, users can go for alternative ways to download the app, but that can be illegal, and the downloaded code can be infected with viruses as well.

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