New Delhi: With the Supreme Court refusing to stay the Madras High Court order early this month to ban social media platform TikTok for encouraging pornography, the Ministry Of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has directed Google and Apple to cast off the social media app from their respective app stores in a bid to save you similarly downloads. Following the Madras High Court’s order, TikTok had reached out to Supreme Court for a life on the order; however, the enchantment turned rejected on 15 April on grounds that the problem changed into subjudice. Both TikTok and its Lite version, which became recently released for customers with access stage Android phones in India, are not listed on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. However, the apps can still be downloaded from internet-based 0.33-birthday celebration app shops like Apk Mirror and Apkpure.
A TikTok spokesperson clarified that this isn’t a permanent ban and could now not affect existing customers. “We welcome the choice of the Madras High Court to employ Arvind Datar as Amicus Curiae (impartial suggest) to the court. We trust in the Indian judicial device, and we’re positive about an outcome,” the spokesperson said.
Launched in India in 2018, TikTok has 120 million lively users in India, mainly children in small metropolises and cities. It is largely used to seize and proportion moments through short pictures embellished with amusing stickers and filters. However, the furor over TikTok emerged because it has been accused of encouraging pornography.
A few social media networks like the microblogging platform Twitter also bring quick pornographic video clips, and pix put out for advertising by publishers and performers, without facing backlash from the authorities. Some specialists feel the ban is extra justified due to the nature of the audience. “The selection to ban TikTok makes sense because it has a far more youthful target market which incorporates youngsters who are still in faculty, unlike Twitter which has a more mature target audience,” says Shradha Agarwal, COO, Grapes Digital. However, banning TikTok might not absolutely put it in the back of the reach of children, feels Pavan Duggal, the main cyberlaw expert.
He factors out, “Banning the app is absolutely out of sync with contemporary time. Even if the app is banned, human beings can nonetheless download them from different assets or by way of converting their place. We are not know-how the bigger task of how to address the paradigm. The problem isn’t always with the app but 0.33-celebration content material. Strict action needs to be taken against people publishing such content instead of requesting a blanket ban on apps.” Also, in the absence of the app from valid and depending on sources, users may additionally flip to internet-based totally 0.33-celebration shops, which may be greater dangerous as they do now not verify apps for hidden malicious content material as Google and Apple do.