TikTok ban: Chinese app welcomes Madras HC decision to appoint independent counsel

TikTok ban: Chinese app welcomes Madras HC decision to appoint independent counsel

TikTok ban: Chinese app welcomes Madras HC decision to appoint independent counsel

"We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court".

The Court had passed the interim order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition which sought to ban Tik Tok app on the ground that it allegedly contained contents that "degraded culture and encouraged pornography".

On Monday, the Supreme Court said the ban directive was just an interim order and that the high court is scheduled to hear the matter on April 16.

Google and Apple have both blocked the new downloads of TikTok from the Play Store and App Store respectively in India, a country that accounts for over 230 million downloads and is known to have contributed to a massive uptick in userbase in the last 3 months.

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Citing Madras High Court order on April 3, Government of India today banned TikTok app downloads in India. Users who had the app will continue to be able to use it. It was then that TikTok added a kids mode to the app which only allowed users to view and record content. It had also said that it removed over 6 million videos that violated its "Terms of Use and Community Guidelines', following a review of content generated by its users in India.However it has not commented on the removal of the app from Google and Apple stores yet". As of writing this report, we can confirm that the video making app is no longer available on the Play Store and App Store in India.

In a statement on Tuesday, TikTok said it has faith in the Indian judicial system. This has happened after central government had instructed Google and Apple to follow court orders, and Google has promptly removed Tik Tok from Indian play store. It claims to have 500 million users worldwide including more than 120 million in India. More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month previous year. The app is hugely popular among all age group in India and has been criticised by several leaders. The Supreme Court has listed the matter again for April 22, 2019, to be apprised of the outcome of the hearing on the April 16th, 2019 before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

In its court filing, ByteDance argued that a "very minuscule" proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.

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