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India bans the TikTok app

April 17, 2019
India bans the TikTok app

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The Indian government has banned Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok after concerns were raised over the spread of pornographic material.

A high court in Chennai called for the ban on April 3, The Guardian reported. The case was filed by an activist group that claimed the app encouraged paedophiles and pornography.

According to AFP, India’s information technology ministry had sent out an order to Google and Apple to remove the app from their online stores. Neither company confirmed the removal but Reuters reported that Google complied with the order.

On Tuesday, the app was no longer available on the Google Play store in India, but was still available on the App Store.

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The app, which allows users to make and share short videos, can still be used by those who already downloaded it on their phones.

India’s supreme court rejected TikTok’s appeal to suspend the order and will hear the case again on April 22. “We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India,” TikTok said in a statement on Tuesday.

After facing pressure from the government, TikTok said last week that it had removed six million videos that violated its guidelines in India since last July. The company said it was done to “reinforce our ongoing commitment to ensure that our platform remains a safe and positive space for our Indian users.”

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The app has around 500 million users worldwide, of which more than 120 million are from India. It has already been banned in Bangladesh.

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