Post the refusal from Madras court to stay its order banning the popular mobile app TikTok, Google India on Tuesday blocked the access of ‘TikTok’ from its play store. The government on Tuesday asked Google and Apple to obey the court’s verdict and remove the application.
The application is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It 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.
ByteDance global reach is more than any other Chinese tech company. Investors have valued the closely held company at $75 billion. The startup has made a considerable push in India, where a vast majority of consumers use phones running Google's Android software.
The court has appointed a senior lawyer Arvind Datar to assist the court in the upcoming proceedings. The company has acknowledged the appointment of Datar by the court.
The state court has requested written submissions from ByteDance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing on April 24.