The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take
down the TikTok app from their app market. The Chinese video app TikTok is no
longer available to download in India from those markets. TikTok has been
banned in the neighboring country Bangladesh and hit with a large fine in the
After a high court in Chennai called for the ban on 3 April,
Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play store in India to comply with the
court’s directive. Developer Bytedance challenged the state court’s ban order
in the Supreme Court last week.
The app claims to have 500 million users worldwide including
more than 120 million in India. More than 30 million users installed the app in
January 2019. The company employs more than 250 people in India and had plans
for more investment to expand its business.