In a statement issued by Google, it was informed that although the company does not comment on individual apps, it does follow the local laws.
After months of debates and deliberation, Google has finally blocked access to the massively popular video app TikTok in India. This comes in order to comply with the directive of Madras High Court, which prohibited the downloading of the app.
This move came immediately after Madras High Court shunted away the request made by China’s Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on its TikTok app. This has effectively put an end to one of the key entities in India as TikTok had made its presence felt in the country, especially in the rural areas. This call was made after the state court asked the Union government to ban the app as it encouraged pornography and made children extremely exposed to sexual predators.
Following this request, the federal government has sent a directive to Apple and Google asking them to follow the court’s order. Although the app was still available on the Apple store, it was removed from Google play store. Apple also removed TikTok from the App Store in India.
In a statement issued by Google, it was informed that although the company does not comment on individual apps, it does follow the local laws. Now, this app allows jokes, clips and footages which are hugely motivated by India’s different movie industry and these videos dominate the platform of the app. Many youngsters make their videos and can be seen Jokes, clips and footage related to India’s thriving movie industry dominate the app’s platform, along with many memes and videos.
Reacting to the High Court judgement, TikTok had earlier said in a statement that it had faith in the Indian judicial system and that they were very “optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by millions” of its users. After the recent move, the company has also welcomed the decision to appoint a senior lawyer to assist the court in upcoming proceedings which will be initiated.