TikTok removed from Play Store in India
New Delhi : TikTok, an app for creating and sharing videos, is officially gone from Android’s Google Play and iOS’ App Store.
Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play store in India to comply with the court’s directive.
Google said in a statement it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws, though the TikTok app was not available to download via the App Store.
A spokesman for TikTok in India has declined to comment on the app’s removal resulting from the TikTok ban in India, saying the matter was still in the courts.
TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. More than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month last year.
The move comes after Madras High Court issued a directive to the Government of India to ban downloads of the app in India. Responding to the orders, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) asked Apple and Google to disable the downloads of the TikTok app from the App Store and the Play Store respectively.