The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, or MeitY, has requested that both Apple and Google remove the popular TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. The request comes as the Indian government feels that the social video app is not doing enough to protect children from inappropriate content. The developer behind TikTok, ByteDance, has requested a stay but the country’s Supreme Court refused it.
For their part, ByteDance feels that the ban of their app is an overreach, claiming they are not responsible for third-party content and therefore should not be held liable. The courts ruled on April 3, 2019 that other companies were restricted from rebroadcasting videos make from TikTok. This was aimed to prevent the spread of content on other platforms.
The bottom line is that this could have a major impact on TikTok and developer ByteDance in India. The app has added over 88 million users in the March quarter alone. This makes it responsible for a significant portion of the 188 million new users globally.
That said, TikTok is obviously not the only social platform facing governmental pressures for content. Facebook is also under scrutiny around the global for privacy and content concerns.