Apple On the Verge Of Pulling Back TicTok From Its App Store

Since the release of the social media app called TikTok, it has taken the world (Mostly Asia) by storm. The reason behind this is the fact that it not only allows people to dub their voices but also allows them to act creatively. All in all, the app can be referred to as a bigger and better version of Dubsmash.

Being a social media app, it allows users to add stuff they want without any significant restrictions. Due to this people started uploading all kinds of videos. The content of many of these videos not only violated their code of conduct but also rang bells in the ears of authorities. More specifically the regulators in India are worried about the effect of the content on children.

That is why the ministry of Electronics and Information Technology India has requested Apple to take down the app from the App Store, according to a report from The Economics times. The same request was forwarded to Google as well. They wanted to get the app removed from Google Play Store as well.

The Madras High Court issued an order against the app at first. The court ordered the government to ban the installation of the application. At this, the developers of the app took stay order which is now revoked by the court. The court prompted the ministry to make its formal requests.

On the other hand, the TikTok administration has also started filtering the questionable content out of the app. The developers said that they have reviewed the content made in India and removed 6 Million videos that were against the community guidelines and terms of use. In a statement, the company explained their position and said, “We have been stepping up efforts to take down objectionable content. To date, we have removed over 6 million videos that violated our terms of use and community guidelines, following an exhaustive review of the content generated by our users in India.”

They also hinted on the future developments on their part and said that they would keep enhancing the user experience by introducing additional technical and moderate processes for the users in India.

The developers are arguing that the users and third parties produce the content on the app; they should not be held accountable for such content. Just like any other social media service they are only providing a space for the content. They went on saying that a ban on TikTok would be “disproportionate.”

Lastly, the decision is in the hands of Google and Apple for their respective OS. Apple’s decision regarding the app is crucial primarily because of the popularity of the App in India. Apple wants to target the emerging market of India for its upcoming products. Whatever Apple does, it will affect its stature as a company. If they go with the developers, they will lose their position in the eyes of the regulators. If they decide to go with the regulators, they may upset the developers and users.


Mohsin Naeem

Mohsin is a budding writer who has a thing for PC hardware and gaming. He has been building computers according to the need of his clients and is well versed in the area. He is an economics major and the analytical skills he learned from his academics adds to his writing and gives him a unique way to observe the tech industry.
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