TikTok goes down in India, its biggest overseas market

From TechCrunch: A growing number of internet service providers in India have started to block their subscribers from accessing TikTok a day after New Delhi banned the popular short-video app and 58 other services in the world’s second-largest internet market over security and privacy concerns.

Many users on Airtel, Vodafone and other service providers reported Tuesday afternoon (local time) that the TikTok app on their phone was no longer accessible. Opening the TikTok app, users said, showed they were no longer connected to the internet. (Update: ISPs said they were not blocking TikTok; the app itself had shut its access in India. India’s Department of Telecommunications has since ordered them to block TikTok with “immediate effect.”)

For many others, opening the TikTok app promoted an error message that said the popular app was complying with the Indian government’s order and could no longer offer its service. Opening TikTok’s website in India prompts a similar message.

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