Google has complied with an Indian court order to block access to the popular app TikTok over government concerns with illicit content, according to a person familiar with the decision. The move could handicap the app’s owner, China’s Bytedance Ltd., the world’s most highly valued startup, in one of its most promising markets.
Google has blocked (TikTok) in India by following the Madras High Court directives. This means that now the Ticket Video App can not be downloaded from Google’s Play Store app. The move comes after the decision in which the High Court rejected the request by China’s company Bytedance Technology, in which the company had asked the court to put a ban on the TicTok app from the court.
The Madras High Court had asked the Center to ban a ban on Tikk on April 3. At the same time, the court had said that the TikTok app promotes pornography and is making the children sexually violent. Let me tell you that there is an allegation of serving pornographic material on the TikTok.
TikTok was available on Apple platforms till late Tuesday but was not available on Google’s Play Store. Google said in a statement that it does not comment on this application but abides by local laws.
However, Google didn’t say any comment about the TikTok. TikTok allows users to create and share videos with some special effects. It has become quite popular in India but some politicians have criticized this app and they say that its content is inappropriate and Vulgar. A report in February said that this app has been downloaded by 240 million people in India so far.
An Indian state court had earlier asked the federal government to ban TikTok, citing concerns the video-sharing mobile app exposed children to troubling content, including pornography. Bytedance fought the proposal but was overruled by India’s Supreme Court. Regulators then asked Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. to remove TikTok from their app stores.
The Supreme Court has refused to ban the High Court’s decision on TikTok at this time. The Supreme Court said that the High Court is currently hearing the case and now the next hearing will be on April 23.
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has directed the central government to ban the downloading of video app TikTok. Along with this, the court has directed the media not to broadcast it.
A spokeswoman from Google declined to comment. A representative from Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The court ruling restricts future downloads of the app in India, not existing downloads, said the person familiar with the decision, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.
A Bytedance spokeswoman declined to comment on the app store decisions, but provided a statement from TikTok India: “We have faith in the Indian judicial system,” the company said. “And we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India.”
India is one of several nations across Asia adopting more draconian oversight of internet companies, similar to the way China regulates the web.
Who is Bytedance?
Bytedance, which creates social and news-reading apps, has most of its users and sales in China. But TikTok has exploded in popularity elsewhere, giving Bytedance more global reach than any other Chinese tech company. Investors have valued the closely held company at $75 billion. The startup has made a considerable push in India, where a vast majority of consumers use phones running Google’s Android software.