TikTok, a popular video-sharing app with over half a billion users worldwide, has been officially banned in India. The app is no longer available for download from both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store as of today.
The ban follows a request from the state court a few weeks ago, asking the government to ban the app. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY) sent a directive to both Google and Apple asking them to remove TikTok from their respective stores in India.
Well, the high court had accused TikTok of allegedly “encouraging pornography.” It was apparently used for pornographic purposes by people. That said, this move definitely comes as a surprise since over 230 million users in the country downloaded the app. Needless to say, the ban will most definitely affect the growth of TikTok.
In an official statement, TikTok said he has faith in the Indian judicial system. At TikTok, we have faith in the Indian judicial system and the stipulations of the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 on social media platforms. We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as part of our ongoing commitment to our Indian users.