India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has reportedly asked for the removal of China's video and live-streaming app TikTok, with the Economic Times claiming the government asked Apple and Google to remove it from their respective app stores. ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, had earlier appealed to the apex court against the High Court directive.
Both TikTok and its Lite variant, which was recently launched for users with entry level Android phones in India, are no longer listed on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. However, the app wasn't available on Google's Play store in India late on Tuesday.
The app has had quite a few run-ins with the law. He further contested that the Indian High Court in Madras had issued an interim order without giving TikTok the opportunity to defend itself.
Jokes, clips and footage related to India's thriving movie industry dominate the app's platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music. In its defence, TIkTok states that it can't be held liable for the kind of content that "third-parties" upload on the platform.More news: Bernie Sanders town hall delivers a ratings bonanza for Fox News
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As per the officials", "The High Court asked the government to prohibit download of TikTok application. On Monday, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for ByteDance, argued for a stay against the ban, saying it was causing irreparable damage to the company. On Tuesday, the Madras High Court also pushed the hearing to April 24. Out of the 188 million new users added in the March quarter, India accounted for 88.6 million.
ByteDance told The Drum: "We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court".
It had asked the government if it would enact a statute on the line of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act in the USA and posted the matter for further hearing on April 16.
TikTok has more than 120 million users in India but has faced criticism from some for hosting inappropriate content.