The court appointed senior advocate Arvind Datar as an independent counsel in the case to examine the implications of the app. With the app no longer available to download in India, the TikTok ban comes into effect, representing a setback for developer Bytedance Technology's efforts to tap users in a key market. Apple did not respond to requests for comment.
However, the very next day, Googleremoved the TikTok listing from the Play Store and commented on the matter as under: "As a policy, we don't comment on individual apps, but adhere to the law in countries we operate in". The video-sharing app faced a massive backlash due to issues like inability to quality control, abusive and pornographic content are among significant reasons. On April 3, the Madurai high court had ordered the central government to ban Tik Tok downloads. Irrespective of whether you like TikTok or hate it, the app went on to be included in Google Play's Best Apps of 2018 for its entertainment quotient amongst its audience.
TikTok said in a statement that the company has faith in the Indian judicial system and added, "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".
This means that no new user will be able to access TikTok app now, as it won't be available for download. The app was globally ranked third amongst the most installed apps during the first quarter of 2019. The popular video making app has drawn vast criticism recently over its misuse. In response, the top court referred the case back to the state court, where the company's request was rejected and implemented a ban on the app.
The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing on the TikTok ban case for April 24. The short clips can then be shared across various social media platforms.
The company employed around 250 people in India for app development and keeping a tap on the content.
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