The Chinese video app TikTok is no longer available in Google and Apple app stores in India after the Madras High Court prohibited its downloads, a setback for developer Bytedance Technology’s efforts to tap users in a key market.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had asked the Tamil Nadu government on April 3 to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users.
The TN government then sent a letter requesting Apple and Google to abide by the HC’s order, according to an IT ministry official.
Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play store 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.
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.