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.