Google and Apple Inc have blocked the download of TikTok from Play Store and App Store respectively in India, following a request from the government to ban access to the Chinese short video-sharing app that has been downloaded over 230 million times in the country.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the original Madras HC court order on April 3. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following The Supreme Court refused to stay the original Madras High Court order on April 3.
The main concern was the excessive exposure of “pornographic and inappropriate” contents of the TikTok. The High Court had, directed the Centre to ban the app. The ban order came after the court noted that children were being exposed to pornographic and inappropriate material. With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos and these may have inappropriate content.