Finally, after the hearing of Madras High court on April 16, it is confirmed that the TikTok has been banned in India. The Government of India has taken a few major steps to ensure that people will not be able to access it; they asked the Google and Apple to remove TikTok; a popular Chines short-video creating a mobile application from the app stores. TikTok owned by a Chinese firm known as ByteDance
We also checked out both the stores and haven’t found the TikTok app at all which confirms, it has been deleted from Play Store and iOS.
Supreme court also has refused the TikTok to suspend the order and stay on the Madras High court dictum to ban the app, however, the apex court will further hear the matter on April 22. Till then, as per the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), it will not allow the users to download the application, needless to say, people, those already have TikTok app on their smartphone will be able to use it as before.
TikTok has not been facing flak first time, it already has been banned in Bangladesh and bore a large sum of fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children.
It has a user base over 120 million in India and that’s why it keeps resisting the issues of getting banned in India, as per the TikTok, the government is trying to take away the right of speech from people, it looks like TikTok thinking before their app nobody was freely speaking in the country or world.
Furthermore, the TikTok, under the extreme pressure, said last week it had taken down six million videos in India since last July which had infringed its guidelines.
“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 Tuesday.
So, how all this has started, in India the case against the TikTok was filed by an activist group that appealed to banned the app as it promoting paedophiles and pornography in the society.
According to the Guardian few people also think that it is really a great shift in the India internet model which would a strong wall against China’s own Firewall that prevents most social media companies to work in China.
The one thing need to be noticed, this small video creation app TikTok that only offers 15 seconds short videos on their platform really has become a major rival to Facebook, Instagram and other social networks in the past year, especially on teenage smartphone users. This shows Chinese, finally has decoded, how to engage the people, especially those are under 18.