After Google, pressure is mounting on Apple to take down the app from the App Store. According to a report by The Economic Times, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has asked Google and Apple to de-list TikTok from their respective app stores.
A Google spokesperson told IANS: "As a policy, we don't comment on individual apps but adhere to the law in countries we operate in". TikTok Ban in India Will Hurt Free Speech; Says China's Bytedance Technology.
With short videos of up to 15 seconds, Tiktok has become a major rival to Facebook, Instagram and other social network sites among teenage smartphone users in the past year. These are the platforms where most adult social media users are now getting introduced to TikTok. "Now it is up to the companies to do it or appeal the order". "The speed and the rate at which some of these apps are growing, that is alarming".
The application owned by Chinese firm ByteDance lets users create short videos with a song or a dialogue playing in the background.
TikTok is insisting that they are a platform, and they have nothing to do with the users.
Branches of the Indian government have signalled that they will start taking a tougher line on policing the internet.
But this stricter approach has sparked concern about government overreach and censorship. Do you think that it's a step in the right direction? Apple did not respond to requests for comment, while TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google's move.
India is one of TikTok's largest markets.
A juvenile allegedly shot dead by his friend as he pointed a pistol towards him while making a video on mobile application TikTok, it had emerged on April 16. Police said the gun accidentally went off, shooting the man through the head.
The court also asked the Centre to answer whether the Union of India will enact a statute, like the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by the United States, to prevent the children becoming cyber or online victims.