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A timeline of how things went downhill for TikTok in India

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Real short lifespan?
By Kuwar Singh
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Trouble for lipsync and video-sharing platform TikTok had been brewing in India for some time now.

On April 16, things took a turn for the worse as Google and Apple took it down from their stores in the country to comply with a court order.

India is a crucial market for the Chinese app as around 40% of its 500 million users are in the country. As it firefights, here’s a look at what went wrong with it:

Oct. 17, 2018
A 24-year-old Chennai resident allegedly commits suicide following harassment by TikTok users for posting videos of himself in female attire.
Jan. 01, 2019
S Ramadoss, founder of the Pattali Makkal Katchi party in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state, asks the state government to ban the app saying it leads to sexual perversity and distracts youngsters.
Feb. 11
M Manikandan, Tamil Nadu’s minister of IT, says his state will ask the central government to ban TikTok across the country for “degrading culture and encouraging pornography.”
Feb. 22
A college student dies, and two of his friends are severely injured, after their motorcycle rams into a truck while making a TikTok video.
April 01
Advocate Muthu Kumar files a plea in the Madras high court to ban TikTok over the circulation of pornography on its platform and exposure of children to sensitive content.
April 3
The Madras high court orders the Indian government to ban the app and prohibits the media from using any content created on TikTok.
April 12
TikTok says it has removed six million videos for not complying with its community guidelines.
April 13
A 19-year-old Delhi resident is accidentally shot dead by his friend while posing with a pistol for a TikTok video during a car ride, the police say.
April 15
The supreme court refuses to stay the Madras high court’s ban on TikTok on grounds that it is temporary and the matter is still being heard at the high court.
April 16
Google and Apple take down TikTok from their app stores.

The supreme court will again hear TikTok’s plea on April 22. Meanwhile, existing users can continue using the app, and new users can still download it off the internet.

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