Tik Tok is an app that lets you create short videos with dubbing and it has become a global incident in recent years. This is the app which is almost a viral app in India and all over the world. It is a fun app where you can create your own vines. You can also dub the dialogues of your favorite characters. This is also making people popular or a self proclaimed celebrity.
Tik Tok is an addiction now a days. Once you start making these videos, you get addicted to it. Some people are really good at it. But some are ruining it, making it so badly that it becomes a funny video even it is not supposed to. So people are giving so much importance to this which is making them an addict. So on April 3, 2019, Madras High Court took a decision to ban this TikTok app in India.
High court decision
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court in India passed an ex-parte interim order on April 3, 2019, against the TikTok. The court also banned its parent company BytaDance Technology Pvt Ltd, directing the government of India to prohibit the download of TikTok. In addition to this they have also prohibited the media from telecasting videos made using TikTok. The very primary agenda put out in the order revolves around the vulnerability of children. It is about how the use of TikTok exposes them to sexual predators, pornography and other inappropriate content.
ByteDance tried to save TikTok
Since the interim order was passed ex-parte, BytaDance challenged the same in the supreme court of India. As per the procedures BytaDance contended that the TikTok app is like any other social media platform. Singling out of TikTok is discriminatory and arbitrary. The ‘disproportionate’ ban has resulted in the infringement of the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. BytaDance also argued that very little content on TikTok is inappropriate or obscene for the public created by its users. Still, the Supreme court didn’t pass a stay on the ban.
Directed Google and Apple to remove the app
As the Supreme Court has decided to not interfere with the ban. The the Government of India`s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology directed Google and Apple to remove the app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store respectively. Then the Madras High Court adjourned the matter to April 24, while the next date for the Supreme Court hearing is scheduled for April 22. So now there is no source you can get the TikTok.
As a result, this popular app and it is Lite Variant is no longer available for download from the play store in the India region. India made up for about 39% of TikTok`s 500 million-strong userbase in 2018. The decision of Madras High Court of India strongly affects the App. It also affects the ability to do business in such a key market. Users who have downloaded this TikTok app can continue with the app. The users can sideload the app from alternate sources for those who haven`t. But even then, this massively affects the apps discoverability and legitimacy for the end consumers.
About the Decision
The decision is final now. if it is a decision of the High Court of India, there must be a reason behind this that I have mentioned in the article. So now we have to support this by uninstalling the App.