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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

TikTok ban: Govt asks Google, Apple to remove app from Play Store and App Store respectively

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Madras High Court order that directed the Centre to ban the Tiktok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.
The top court said that ban directive was just an interim order and the high court is schedule to hear the matter on April 16.
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.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chinese company ByteDance, said there were over billion downloads of the mobile app and an ex-parte orders were passed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court. He said the court did not even issue notice in the matter and an order was passed without hearing them.
The bench said the high court is already seized of the matter and the ban order was just an interim order.






The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, allows users to create short videos and then share them. The court had directed the Centre to ban the Tiktok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.
Refusing to put a stay on its April 3 order, the court also appointed senior advocate Arvind Datar as an independent counsel in the case to examine the implications of the app. The next hearing in the case has been posted for April 24.
The owners of TikTok are positive about the appointment of Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel).
“We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel) to the court. 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, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives,” the company said.

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