Google removes Tik Tok from Play store!

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Responding to the Madras High Court order, TikTok said, "We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curiae (independent counsel) to the court". As it turns out, MeitY made this move after the Supreme Court in India denied TikTok's plea to stay the Madras High Court's directive from April 3.

The high court's interim order came on a public interest litigation (PIL) which alleged that the app encouraged paedophiles and the content "degraded culture and encouraged pornography".

With crores of people in India already using TikTok and all of them having the option to share the app with others, blocking its access on Google Play Store and Apple App Store may not have the desired results, say experts. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said that it is keeping the issue open for further adjudication and would consider it on April 22.

On April 3, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had directed the Centre to ban TikTok app, voicing concern over "pornographic and inappropriate content" being made available through the application.

Google, in an email response to Business Standard, said it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws. Apple followed suit, blocking the app, and you will no longer be able to find the app on either of the two most popular stores. A recent study by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower recently stated that TikTok added 188 million users in Q1. Those users will not be impacted by the removal of the app from the Google Play store.

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TikTok is a video-sharing app allowing users to create short videos with special effects.

The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing on the TikTok ban case for April 24. The app was globally ranked third amongst the most installed apps during the first quarter of 2019.

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

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.

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