Google, Apple removes TikTok from app stores in India after ban

Apr 18, 2019 (LBO) – South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has requested Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video sharing app from their app stores.

The move follows a ruling by the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores saying it encourages pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users.

Meanwhile, India’s top court on Tuesday refused an appeal by TikTok’s owner, Chinese company ByteDance, to suspend the order. ByteDance is now fighting the ban stating that it will only hurt the civil right to free speech.

The TikTok app, however, is already banned in Bangladesh and has been fined in the US for illegally collecting information on children.

About 39 percent of the video streaming platform’s 500 million users are from India, most of them between the ages of 16 to 24.

Pornography on social networks in India is an industry-wide issue with popular photo sharing app Instagram pointed out for facilitating sexual solicitation and WhatsApp becoming the new safe haven for child pornography.

The Internet Freedom Foundation, however, said that it is concerned that “app bans” may slowly emerge as a standard practice and has worrying implications to the rights of internet users in India.