Why TikTok ban may not have the desired results

Erika Holt
April 17, 2019

The court had appointed senior advocate Arvind Datar to examine the implications of the application, and the next hearing in the case will be on April 24. On April 3, the Madurai high court had ordered the central government to ban Tik Tok downloads.

The Government has stated the reason for the ban as the abuse of the app to distribute child pornography and illegal content.

This is indeed a big blow for TikTok, because India is the country where they are witnessing highest growth, and a ban from Google and Apple app stores will halt their growth. Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

As per latest order from Indian Govt., Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has asked both Google and Apple to remove TikTok app from their respective app stores.

The high court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application "TikTok" as it voiced concern over the "pornographic and inappropriate content" being made available through such apps. "We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives", the company said. Google said in a statement it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws. A recent study by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower recently stated that TikTok added 188 million users in Q1.

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Any existing user of TikTok, who has the app installed on the smartphone, can share it with any such seeker through apps like ShareIt.

The Indian government has asked Google and Apple to take down TikTok from their app stores. More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month a year ago.

During the hearing on Tuesday, TikTok submitted before the Court that it has technology in place to filter inappropriate content, reports Bar and Bench. It is due to hear the case again on 22 April.

Jokes, clips and footage related to India's thriving movie industry dominate the TikTok platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music.

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