India: TikTok app blocked

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Social media sharing app TikTok has been removed from Apple and Google app stores in India.

The move follows a ruling by the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal over concerns that it was being used to spread adult content.

TikTok has more than 120 million users in India, mostly teenagers, but has faced criticism for hosting inappropriate content. The app allows users to post short videos of themselves performing activities such as lip-syncing and dancing to their favourite songs.  The app is already banned in Bangladesh and has been fined in the US for illegally collecting information on children.

India’s top court refused an appeal by its owner, Chinese company ByteDance, to suspend the order.


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