Internet giant Google has blocked to the most popular video app TikTok in India to obey with a court directive to ban its download, a person along with direct knowledge of the matter stated in a report.

The decision declared hours after a court in Tamil Nadu state declined a request by China’s Bytedance Technology to append a prohibition on its TikTok app, pushing its future in one of its major markets in doubt.

The state court had on 3rd April requested the federal government to prohibit the TikTok app, saying it encouraged pornography and encouraged child users susceptible to sexual predators. Its governing came after an individual launched a public interest lawsuit calling for a block.

The federal government had directed a letter to Google and Apple to stand by the state court’s order, according to an IT ministry authorization.

The TikTok app was still accessible on Apple’s podiums late on Tuesday. But was no longer accessible on Google’s Play store in India.

“It does not remark on individual apps but obeys to local laws. The leading company Apple did not answer requests for comment. Though TikTok did not directly respond to a request for remark on Google’s move”, Google stated in a statement.


TikTok, which enables users to share and create short videos with superior effects, has become one of the most popular apps in India. But has been disapproved by some politicians who say their content is inappropriate.

The app had been installed near around 240 million times or more than that in India. Application analytics firm Sensor Tower reported in February. Near around 30 MN users in India have installed it in the month of January 2019. And it is 12 times more than in the same month in 2018.

Bytedance technology challenged the state court’s prohibition order in India’s Supreme Court previous week. Stating it went contrast to the freedom of speech human rights in India.

The high court had mentioned the case back to the state court, where a judge on Tuesday declined Bytedance’s request. To place the prohibition order on hold, said K. Neelamegam, a lawyer disagreeing against Bytedance technology in the case.

TikTok previously stated in a statement that it had trust in the Indian judicial system. And was “positive about the result that would be well accepted by millions” of its users. It did not state more on the judge’s decision.