TikTok is an application which was under fire for so many reasons which were right down the alley of crime. The app had hundred good things but one extremely cruel thing got it into trouble. People were making a living through TikTok and all of a sudden everything just went quiet in the world there. It was like a snap of Thanos, except here only the Indian population on TikTok went to dust. There were speculations about TikTok being banned from a long time but everything was just mere speculation.
However, the moment Madras High Court asked the government to ban the application, things got serious and even ByteDance petitioned against it but the Supreme Court was adamant. The court did not put a stay on the order and the government has asked Google and Apple to remove the app from its respective app stores. As of now, the application is not available on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store as well. You can find the search result below.
The company is having a nightmare in India and it has come to a sudden and quick end. There are a couple of people who were aware of the matter. They said, “The High Court asked the government to prohibit download of TikTok application. It (Meity) is ensuring that by asking Google and Apple to delete it from the app stores. Now it is up to the companies to do it or appeal the order.”
That being said, the app is now officially taken down from Play Store and there is no fight back from ByteDance yet. India was its biggest market with over 200 million downloads. It was extremely popular in the rural part of India and things went viral within hours on TikTok. The fact that application cannot be downloaded further is just stopping the growth of the app. There will be no updates and the people who have already downloaded it might just have to give it up.
The legal team of ByteDance talked during this process and were quoted in an emailed statement to ET. The email read, “At TikTok, we have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011. We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India.”
The company was trying to be serious about the allegations and had removed over 6 million videos from its platform. However, the app removing the videos contradicted their own argument of such content not being there on the application. This was a bummer on the company’s part.
All in all, TikTok is banned and it will take a whole lot more than apologies and corrections for TikTok to get back online in India.