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Google bans TikTok in India

April 18, 2019

People in India can no longer access Tik Tok. Google has blocked access to the highly popular video app TikTok in India following a Madras High Court directive to prohibit its downloads.

This move came hours after court turned down a request by Chinese company Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on its TikTok app. This puts a major market in jeopardy for the company. The court asked the Centre to ban TikTok on the grounds that it promoted pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators.

The court was responding to a public interest litigation from a person. The Centre had sent a letter to Apple and Google to abide by the High Court's order. The app is no longer available on Google's Play store in India.

The Madras High Court had ordered a ban on TikTok in early April as it said the content was inappropriate. It had pornography available for access to children.

By becoming addicted to TikTok App, and similar apps, or cyber games, the future of the youngsters and mindset of the children are spoiled. Majority of the teens are playing pranks, gaffing around with duet videos and sharing with split screen to the strangers. The children who use the said application are vulnerable and may expose them to sexual predators. - Madras High Court

TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and had become hugely popular in India. Many politicians criticised it as they felt the content is inappropriate. It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India.

In January 2019, over 30 million users in India installed it, 12 times more than in the same month last year. Jokes, clips and footage related to India's movie industry can be found on the app.

In an earlier statement TikTok said it had faith in the Indian judicial system and was "optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by millions" of its users. It also said it employs over 250 people in India and had plans for more investment.

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