The Chinese video app TikTok is no longer available in Google Play store and Apple app stores in India after the Madras High Court prohibited its downloads, a setback for developerBytedance 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.
The Madras High Court asked the Indian government on April 3 to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and warning that sexual predators could target child users. The Indian government sent a letter requesting Apple and search giant Google to abide by the state court's order, according to an IT ministry official.
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.
After Google and Apple ban on TikTok from there stores, some people are downloading it from several third-party app websites such as APK Mirror.