Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

Indian Government bans TikTok downloads over safety concerns

Indian Government bans TikTok downloads over safety concerns

Recently, the Madras High Court had given an interim order banning the ultra-popular video-sharing app, TikTok.

The matter was initially raised in the Madras High Court which banned the app via an interim order without providing an opportunity to TikTok for defending itself. Apple did not respond to Gadgets 360's request for comment, though the TikTok app was not available to download via the App Store.

The bench hearing the case said: "It is evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate contents are made available in this kind of cyber applications".

In response to the concerns raised in India, TikTok has removed more than six million videos that violated its terms of use and community guidelines.

Tiktok has already been banned in neighbouring Bangladesh and hit with a large fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children. The matter has been taken to The Supreme Court who refused to stay the order and that proceed with the hearings on 22nd April.

The order passed by the High Court is based on various unsubstantiated and factually incorrect or gross exaggerations made by the PIL litigant, the petitioner company states. And, the three-person Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the case on April 22 after observing the proceedings tomorrow.

The court ruling restricts future downloads of the TikTok app in India.

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Meanwhile, TikTok, in a statement, said: "We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as a part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India".

If the app is harmful for youngsters, and if is the app needs to be removed from the app stores, then it also needs to be removed from all smartphones in India. The Chinese app allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and has over 54 million monthly active users in India.

TikTok is problematic because it has been found to host user-generated content that is considered to be inappropriate.

They also expressed that they're not responsible for third-party content on their platform and the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 gives TikTok conditional legal safeguards in that regard.

A spokesperson for TikTok said the firm had "faith in the Indian judicial system" and that it was "optimistic about an outcome that would be well received" by its millions of users.

"It looks like the Chinese internet companies have cracked the code of getting into India", Kolla said.


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