Google and Apple have been asked by the government to take down popular Chinese short-video mobile application TikTok from their app stores.
After the Madras High Court refused to stay its order banning the popular mobile app TikTok, the government on Tuesday asked Google and Apple to comply with the court order and remove the application. Reuters reported that hours after Madras HC refused China-based Bytedance Technology’s request to suspend the ban, Google blocked access to the app in India.
“The High Court asked the government to prohibit download of TikTok application. It (MeitY) is ensuring that by asking Google and Apple to delete it from the app stores. Now it is up to the companies to do it or appeal the order,” said one of the people.
TikTok was the third most installed app globally during Q1across the App Store and Google Play, the same rank it held during the previous quarter, according to Sensor Tower, a market analysis firm. Out of the 188 million new users added in the March quarter, India accounted for 88.6 million.