The Chinese video app TikTok is no longer available in Google and Apple app stores in India after a state court banned the download. This is a setback for Bytedance Technology's efforts to engage users in a key marketplace.
TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects is extremely popular in India, but some politicians consider the content inappropriate.
A court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu asked the federal government on April 3 to ban the TikTok ban, as it promotes pornography and warning that sexual predators may target child users.
The federal government sent a letter requesting Apple and Google to comply with the state court order, an IT Ministry official said.
Google blocked access to TikTok in its Play Store To comply with the court's policy in India, a person with direct knowledge told Reuters on Tuesday. The app was not available on Apple's App Store on Wednesday.
Google said in a statement that these are not individual apps but comply with local laws. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesperson for TikTok in India declined to comment on the removal of the app, saying the matter was still in the courts.
The company has confidence in the justice system and is "optimistic" "A result that is well received by its millions of users in India," he added.
TikTok has been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, reported app analytics company Sensor Tower in February. More than 30 million users have installed the app in January 201
Jokes, clips, and footage from India's burgeoning film industry dominate the app's platform, as well as memes and videos featuring teenagers, some lightly dressed, lip-synched dances, and popular music.
Bytedance had challenged the federal court's ruling in the Supreme Court of India last week, saying it violated the rights of free speech in India.
The Supreme Court had called back to the state court, where a judge on Tuesday had rejected Bytedance's request for repeal of the prohibition arrangement, said attorney K. Neelamegam, who argues against Bytedance in the case
bytedance in the case and scheduled his next hearing on the 24th of April.
Salman Waris, a technology lawyer at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, said legal action against Bytedance could set a precedent for Indian courts to regulate content on social media and other digital platforms.