Chinese short-video site TikTok expresses ‘confidence’ as it faces ban in India

By Cao Siqi and Chen Qingqing Source:Global Times Published: 2019/4/16 13:21:17


Chinese short-video platform TikTok on Tuesday expressed confidence in India's judicial system, after India's Supreme Court refused to stay an earlier court order to ban the Chinese app from the Indian market.

"TikTok has confidence in India's judicial system and related information technology rules governing social media platforms," a spokesperson for the firm told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The spokesperson added that TikTok has been continuously improving existing measures, using technical means and content review processes to improve the experience of Indian users. 

India's Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the order passed by the Madurai bench of the Madras High court over the ban of TikTok and scheduled a hearing for the case for April 22, according to Indian media reports.

Following the decision, the Indian government asked Google and Apple to remove the popular app from their app stores, India's Economic Times reported on Tuesday.

A court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in early April asked the government to ban Tik Tok, saying it encouraged pornography and made children vulnerable to sexual predators, according to Reuters.

The TikTok spokesperson said that TikTok India has removed more than 6 million videos that violate user agreements and community guidelines. 

Chinese tech company Bytedance, the parent company of TikTok, is looking into the matter concerning India's ban on the short-video social platform, a spokesperson from Bytedance told the Global Times. 

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