Wednesday 17 April 2019 12:01 AM UTC
NEW DELHI April 17: Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with the Madras High Court’s directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
The move comes hours after the high court refused a request by China’s Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on its TikTok app, putting its future in one of its key markets in doubt.
The high court had on April 3 asked the centre to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators.
Its ruling came after an individual launched a public interest litigation calling for a ban. The centre had sent a letter to Apple and Google to abide by the high court’s order, according to an IT ministry official.
The app was still available on Apple’s platforms late on Tuesday, but was no longer available on Google’s Play store in India. Google said in a statement it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws.
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