The TikTok Chinese video app is no longer available in Google and Apple app stores in India after a state court prohibits its downloads, a recession for developers of Byftance Technology's efforts to tap users in a major market.
TikTok, users who create and share short videos with special effects, are very good in India but some politicians say that its content is not appropriate.
A southern Tamil state court asked the federal government on April 3 to ban TikTok,
The federal government sent a letter asking Apple and Google to comply with the state court order , according to IT ministry officials.
Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play store in India to comply with court directive, a person with direct knowledge told Reuters on Tuesday. The app is not available in Apple's app store on Wednesday.
Google said in a statement that it would not comment on individual apps but complies with local laws.
A spokeswoman for TikTok in India refused to comment on the removal of the app, saying that the matter was still in court.
The company believes in the judicial system and "positively about an outcome that is well received through" millions of its users in India, he added.
TikTok has been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, the app of the analytics firm Sensor Tower in February. Over 30 million users installed the app in January 201
Jokes, clips and footage associated with India's industry growth industry dominate the app platform, including memes and videos where youngsters
Bytedance challenging the state court order in the Supreme Court of India last week, saying it fought against freedom of speech rights in India.
was the case back to the state court, where a judge rejected Tuesday by Bytedance's request to place the ban of the prohibition, K. Neelamegam, a lawyer arguing against Bytey in the case, said.
The state court has requested written submissions from The case order and scheduled the next hearing for April 24.
Salman Waris, a technology attorney at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, said that legal action against Bytedance can set a precedent by Indian court interveniors of content control over social media and other digital platforms.