TikTok ban is now being enforced in India as it has stopped working on Jio and Airtel 4G, two of the company's largest telecom providers with almost 700 million subscribers. While the app is delisted from app stores, users who have it installed on their phone are still able to use it.
For many others, opening TikTok app promoted an error message that said the popular app was complying with the Indian government's order and could no longer offer its service. Two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that ByteDance, the developer of TikTok, had voluntarily pulled the app from the app stores.
"The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it", Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok India, said in a statement, adding that the company has been invited to meet with government stakeholders concerned for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. India accounted for 611 million of those downloads, the firm said.
Though the Chinese Foreign Ministry withheld any more comments, its mission here said the grounds for the banning of the 59 apps was "ambiguous and far-fetched", grated against the general trend of global trade and e-commerce and was not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India.
The app also rewards the users on the basis of how viral the video becomes.
The company was hoping to get from 200 to 300 millions users in India by the end of 2020, and that's all but dead if the ban continues. Things are becoming clearer now.
The ministry received complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India.
China said on Tuesday it was concerned about New Delhi's move to ban Chinese mobile apps including TikTok and WeChat.