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Not So Surprising: Indian Government Asks Google And Apple To Remove Chinese Video Sharing App Tik Tok From Play Store

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Written by Rebecca Daily

TikTok, the Chinese video-sharing app has been on a high in India since the launch. Although has always been in controversy due to its unfiltered, particularly pornographic content.

Now, the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has ordered both Apple and Google to remove the Chinese application from their respective app stores.

The move happens to arrive after a request from High Court in Madras that investigated and determined that the app was encouraging pornography and other illicit content.

It was just two months ago when TikTok’s content after the app was fined by the FTC in the US over violation of child protection policies.

The order in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, although does not knock on the already active 120 million users in the country or who already have the app.

Such a strict sentence is aimed to suppress Tik Tok’s growth and potentially facilitate the way for further sanctions or fines against the app in India or elsewhere.

On the other hand, TikTok’s statements in response to the order mention that they are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives.

The High Court also directed the media companies to stop broadcasting any videos made with or posted on TikTok.

Furthermore, TikTok has previously faced government backlash over the content that it hosts on its platform. As mentioned earlier, the US fined it $5.7 million, when the Federal Trade Commission ruled that the app violated children’s privacy laws.

After that, a forced app updated, needed all users to verify their age, that they were over 13, or otherwise be redirected to a more restricted experience. Musically, TikTok’s predecessor had also faced similar issues.

Although the companies that create and run these apps have debated that they are not the ones responsible for what people produce on the platform, as long as it fits within its terms of use. But content that exposes minors to nudity needs to be monitored or even banned as it can result in increased crime rates.

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