TikTok vanishes from Google, Apple app stores in India after ban
NEW DELHI: The Chinese video app TikTok is no longer available in Google and Apple app stores in India after a state court prohibited its downloads, a setback for developer Bytedance Technology's efforts to tap users in a key market.
TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, is hugely popular in India but some politicians say its content is inappropriate.
A court in Tamil Nadu asked the government on April 3 to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users.
The government sent a letter requesting Apple and Google to abide by the Madras high court's order, according to an IT ministry official.
Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play store in India to comply with the court's directive, a person with direct knowledge told Reuters on Tuesday. The app was not available in Apple's app store on Wednesday.
Google said in a statement it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws. Apple did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for TikTok in India declined to comment on the app's removal, saying the matter was still in the courts.
The company had faith in the judicial system and was "optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by" its millions of users in India, he added.
TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. More than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month last year.
Jokes, clips and footage related to India's thriving movie industry dominate the app's platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music.
Piyush - 8 hours ago -Follow
thank god this idiot app is banned.
Suri - Bengaluru - 8 hours ago -Follow
Neo The One - 8 hours ago -Follow
Nilamkumar Buch - 7 hours ago -Follow
Chinese are crooks and least trustworthy. Good to ban senseless apps
Santos - Mumbai - 6 hours ago -Follow
it should be banned, if it's employs 209 or 1000 dosen't matter, banned the site for good. such nonsense in China they don't tolerate, why should allow Chinese site to corrupt minds of Indian. I strongly hope our Indian judiciary will banned this site permanently or any other site which try to corrupt Indian minds.
Himanshu Patel - 7 hours ago -Follow
best ever decision by SC. now people have time to concentrate on new work.
Jag - 8 hours ago -Follow
There are more than a dozen similar apps like that on playstore.....All using will migrate to others.
sandeep konda - 7 hours ago -Follow
Good Step taken by government
Himansu Sekhar - MAS - 6 hours ago -Follow
Now lots of people will be jobless.
P K - 7 hours ago -Follow
Ban all Chinese products in India.china is all weather friend of Pak and so it should be all weather enemy of India.no leniency no slackness
Prem - 7 hours ago -Follow
In USA they have CIA guarding online predation of kids, in India it's a jungle no kids are safe online. It's high time parents work together with Government to safeguard ndian child's. Kudos to Tamil Nadu Government and Madurai High Court for having courage to go against these foreign corporates to protect Indian children.
Raj Chhabra - 2 hours ago -Follow
Such a dumb decision, how many such apps can you ban? And what about WhatsApp itself? You can so easily record videos or even do live streaming. Waste of taxpayers money on such a decision. I wish they had given a judgement on so many other important pending cases!
Siddeo 95 - 7 hours ago -Follow
Parental control is necessary. Banning an app will not help in anyway to keep children away from the so called ''Inappropriate'' content.
Tarak Bond - 5 hours ago -Follow
Just because it belongs to a Chinese company, it has been banned, There are many such apps available on Google store, but owned by US companies.
Balamurugan Bala - bangalore - 6 hours ago -Follow
I have seen many youngsters getting addicted and spending five or six hours paying this...And slowly it was turning into soft pornography..many girls and boys found sharing absolutely rubbish...better ban this and other such apps and allow youngsters to do nation building.
Hansa - New Delhi - 7 hours ago -Follow
Good decision. This TikTok app is basically meant for unemployed people who have nothing better to do with their sorry lives. What's worse, even employed people are wasting their time on this nonsense app.
Mudi - Gujriot - 2 hours ago -Follow
Good! This app was cancer. Everywhere idiots were making cringy and embarrassing videos.
Joy Das - 6 hours ago -Follow
All foreign apps like whattsapp,Facebook ,Twitter ,instagram should be banned.they are spoiling our indian culture.
ChoukidarBindaasNeha - New Delhi - 4 hours ago -Follow
Its a tool. Any tool can be used or misused.
Ravi - Chennai - 3 hours ago -Follow
Our courts and government dont know what they are doing. There are many such apps and video sharing sites. Are they going to ban them all?
Yogesh Kantaria - mumbai - 5 hours ago -Follow
still many app like LIKE and other are having same content
Neha Kumari - Jaipur - 7 hours ago -Follow
We should ban this app and website in all part of India. This app is like slow poison
Prathamesh Bagayatkar - 1 hour ago -Follow
This is one of the best decision of 2019
No Reply - NYC - 1 hour ago -Follow
Indians are used to spend time with stupid applications.
Mohan K - Hyderabad - 4 hours ago -Follow
Thanks Google for respecing the feelings of the parents and also following the court order to ban the apps which are vulnerable to child behavior.
Alexdmello - 4 hours ago -Follow
Also remove PUBG from playstore and apple app store