TikTok, a video sharing app with more than half a billion users worldwide, has been blocked after a court decision to expose children to inappropriate content.
The app, which is very popular with teenagers, was not available to download from Apple ( AAPL ) and Google GOOGL ) on Wednesday. Companies removed it from their app stores at the end of Tuesday, and people familiar with the case told CNN Business.
The Indian government asked Apple and Google to block TikTok for a high court in Madras in southern India. 3 that it could expose children to sexual predators, pornographic content, and cyberbullying.
India's Ministry of Technology did not respond promptly to a request for comment.
A spokesman for Google said the company did not comment on individual apps, while Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TikTok has appealed the verdict and a hearing is scheduled for next week.
"We have confidence in the Indian legal system, and we are optimistic about a result that will be well received by over 1
20 million monthly active users in India," said the Chinese firm in a statement to CNN Business.
The video sharing app has become very popular in India in recent months. The country now accounts for almost a quarter of TikTok's global user base.
But this is the latest accident with increasing government control of social media in India. ) WhatsApp and Twitter ( TWTR ) faces questions of misinformation and inappropriate content that the country is voting in its great national election.
Any limitation in India is a big blow for tech companies and platforms. The country has 500 million people online and another 800 million potential users.
TikTok is already in trouble in other parts of the world. The app was briefly banned in Indonesia last year, and in February it was forced to pay a $ 5.7 million fine. In the United States over the allegations that the illegally collected personal information from children under the age of 13.