Following requests from The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, or MeitY, Apple has complied with the government of India’s request to remove the popular social video app TikTok from the App Store. The removal is in India only and TikTok is no longer available for customers in that country to download.
The ban of the app, which has been downloaded an estimated 240 million times in India, was based on lack of safeguards against pornography and sexual predators on minors. A lower court in the country ruled on April 3rd that the app is not appropriate and should be band. Apple and Google were both then sent letters requesting that they comply with the ruling and remove the app. That has happened no on both the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store.
For their part, ByteDance feels that the ban of their app is an overreach, claiming they are not responsible for third-party content and therefore should not be held liable.
Those who had the app already installed, it will remain installed and available. However, if you uninstall the app, it will not be available to download again.