TikTok faces restriction in India amidst fears of pornography and inappropriate content

TikTok, the popular video sharing app is no longer available for users in India. Formerly known as musical.ly, the app disappeared from both – Apple and Google’s app stores in India following the orders of the country’s court. However, in a later development the company informed its users that "this interim ban does not affect hundreds of millions of existing users of the app."

The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology claims that the state requests a ban on the app for allegedly encouraging pornography and even child abuse.

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind TikTok appealed against the court order arguing that they were held accountable for the actions of third parties on the platform. In their petition to India’s Supreme Court, ByteDance claims that they are unfairly being ruled out among other social media platforms.

According to the app analytics firm Priori Data, India was undisputedly the largest market for TikTok with more than 40 million downloads in the first quarter of 2019. TikTok also saw more than 120 million downloads in the year 2018 while the figures were a dwindling 23 million in The United States.

India Ban Hits TikTok Where It Hurts
Chart courtesy of Statista.

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