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Here's why TikTok needs India

Updated : 2019-04-24 11:13:53

Madras High Court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application TikTok as it voiced concern over "pornographic and inappropriate content" being made available through such apps. The Supreme Court had refused to stay the high court order. India's ban on popular Chinese video app TikTok is resulting in "financial losses" of up to $500,000 a day for its developer, Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, and has put more than 250 jobs at risk, the company said in a court filing seen by Reuters. The app, developed by Chinese firm Bytedance, allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and is one of the world's most popular apps. It has been downloaded by nearly 300 million users so far in India, out of more than 1 billion downloads globally, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower. Acting upon instructions from the federal IT ministry, Apple and Alphabet's Google last week removed TikTok from their India app stores. In the filing made to India's Supreme Court on Saturday, Bytedance urged the court to quash the ban and direct the federal IT ministry to tell companies such as Google and Apple to make the app available again on their platforms.

Madras High Court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application TikTok as it voiced concern over
Madras High Court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application TikTok as it voiced concern over "pornographic and inappropriate content" being made available through such apps. The Supreme Court had refused to stay the high court order.
Apple and Google have blocked TikTok in India following an order from the government asking them to remove the video-sharing app from their app stores. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology's order came after the Madras High Court investigated and determined that the app was encouraging pornography and other illicit content. Now that both, Apple and Google have blocked the app, it will not be possible to access and install the app through their app stores. However, one can share it with any such seeker through apps like ShareIt. Once the app is shared, the user can install the app and become a new user.
Apple and Google have blocked TikTok in India following an order from the government asking them to remove the video-sharing app from their app stores. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology's order came after the Madras High Court investigated and determined that the app was encouraging pornography and other illicit content. Now that both, Apple and Google have blocked the app, it will not be possible to access and install the app through their app stores. However, one can share it with any such seeker through apps like ShareIt. Once the app is shared, the user can install the app and become a new user.
TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and is one of the world's most popular apps. It claims to have 500 million users globally.
TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and is one of the world's most popular apps. It claims to have 500 million users globally.
Owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, TikTok claims that it has over 120 million monthly active users in India. The existing users can continue to use the app despite the ban. It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month last year.
Owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, TikTok claims that it has over 120 million monthly active users in India. The existing users can continue to use the app despite the ban. It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month last year.
India's ban on TikTok is resulting in
India's ban on TikTok is resulting in "financial losses" of up to $500,000 a day for its developer, Bytedance, and has put more than 250 jobs at risk, the company said in a court filing seen by Reuters. In the filing made to India's Supreme Court on Saturday, Bytedance urged the court to quash the ban and direct the federal IT ministry to tell companies such as Google and Apple to make the app available again on their platforms.
"Banning has had an adverse impact on the user base of this app, losing close to 1 million new users per day ... It is estimated that approximately six million requests for downloads could not be effected since the ban came into effect," the company said in the filing.
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