After SC directed tech giants Apple and Google to take down the Chinese lip-syncing app from their app stores on Tuesday. Google has reacted to the development and has banned the popular app on its Google play app store following the directive of the court.
Google in its statement said, “it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws.” Where Apple did not respond to the request for comment, TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google’s move.
However, the app wasn’t available on Google’s Play store in India late on Tuesday.
Madras High Court has directed the government to ban TikTok because it encouraged pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators. The court also mentioned that the app’s inappropriate content was a dangerous aspect of TikTok.
In the application to the court, the company has stated that the App was primarily used for circulation amusing videos and it also said that TikTok app is not liable for the content that the users post on it. It stated that because of the immense popularity, this controversy on the app has been raised.
Also earlier, Madras High Court order was challenged in the Supreme Court by Chinese company ByteDance. However, the apex court refused to interfere saying that ban directive was just an interim order.
The app ‘s popularity is evident from the fact that it has been downloaded 240 million times in India and it also enables the users to easily share the video on other platforms on social media like Facebook and Twitter.