Google and Apple have finally blocked the most popular and fastest growing short video sharing app “TikTok” in India. The decision taken to pull the app from the respective app stores after MeitY’s (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) ordered the company’s to remove the downloading of the app via Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
TikTok has been downloaded more than 230 million times in India, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower and as per the company’s details, it has 120 million monthly active users.
Indian State Tamil Nadu imposed the Supreme Court of India to ban the app in the whole country after its investigation into TikTok (earlier known as Musical.ly) for months found that the app is violating the Children’s Online Protection Policy Act (COPPA) by not asking minors to get a parent or guardian’s permission to use the app.
A TikTok representative told us that that the company was working on recruiting a chief nodal officer based in India who would work “to better coordinate with law enforcement agencies,” adding that there were “robust measures [in place] to protect users against misuse.”
But its not confirmed that the app is permanently gone from the internet, you can access the app from other sources and app might make its way back to the second most populous country in the world if it clears all issues that the Madurai bench of the Tamil Nadu court has kept it eyes on.