Here comes bad news for TikTok lovers. The popular app TikTok which kept many hooked and left addicted is banned in India. After government interference, Google and Apple have blocked the download of TikTok from Play Store and App Store respectively in India. The Chinese app has been downloaded over 230 million times in the country.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the original Madras HC court order on April 3. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday refused to lift the ban on TikTok and set April 24 the next hearing date.
A Google spokesperson said, “As a policy, we don’t comment on individual apps but adhere to the law in countries we operate in.” On the other side, TikTok said in a statement said, “We are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives”.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere, for now, with the Madras High Court’s order banning Chinese video app TikTok, and directed further hearing in the matter on April 22.