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TikTok Download Not Available Any More

TikTok Download Not Available Any More

The move comes hours after a court in southern Tamil Nadu state refused a request by China's Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on its TikTok app, putting its future in one of its key markets in doubt. The video-sharing app faced a massive backlash due to issues like inability to quality control, abusive and pornographic content are among significant reasons. TikTok has claimed that the High Court's ex-parte order is arbitrary and illegal, as the ban on the download and use of the app not only curtails its right to freedom of speech and expression but will also lead to financial loss and loss of jobs. Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. As per reports, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi would hear the matter on April 22.

The Indian Government has ordered Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores as it seeks to ban the short-video app.

The order passed by Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on April 3 not only directs the government to prohibit the app's download in the country, it also restrains the telecast of videos made using the app by media companies.

With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos and these may have inappropriate content.

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At the time of writing this article, TikTok was still available in the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store. However, the app wasn't available on Google's Play store in India late on Tuesday. India accounts for more than 39% of TikTok's 500 million global users.

Reacting to the top court's refusal to stay the high court's order, TikTok said: "We have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011.We have been stepping up efforts to take down objectionable content". More than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month previous year. The high court is scheduled to further hear the matter on April 16. The app is hugely popular among all age group in India and has been criticised by several leaders.

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


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