Apple and Google have pulled popular video sharing app TikTok from their app stores in India amid pornography fears.
Quartz India reported early Wednesday morning that TikTok was unavailable for download on both the Google and Apple store. Business insider contacted Apple and Google for comment however didn’t immediately hear back.
Earlier this month, the Madras high court asked the government to ban the app, saying that it inspired pornography and made young users vulnerable to sexual predators. Its creator, Chinese company ByteDance, urged the court to prevent this ban on the grounds that it’d go against freedom of speech rights in India.
In its Supreme Court filing, Bytedance aforesaid that a “very minuscule” proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene. Bytedance failed to immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
India is one of the top markets for the app. Business insider recently reported that more than 40th of the app’s new users in 2018 were from India, citing information from app analytics website sensor Tower. There are more than one hundred twenty million TikTok users within the country, the firm aforesaid, and five hundred million worldwide.
The case for a national ban will attend the supreme court in India on April 22.
“We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic regarding an outcome that would be well received by over one hundred twenty million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives,” the corporate said in a statement to the press, as reported by Quartz India.