After hundreds of millions of its users dropped it to comply with a government ban on thousands of Chinese applications in the midst of a military standoff between the two countries, the famous Chinese short-video app TikTok is cutting its workforce in India.
“It is with deep sadness that we have decided to reduce our workforce in India, given the lack of government feedback on how to solve this problem in the next seven months,” a TikTok statement said Wednesday.
The declaration did not provide specifics, but media reports suggest the company in India has more than 2,000 workers. It shared the expectation that in India it will have an opportunity to relaunch TikTok to help hundreds of millions of consumers, musicians, storytellers, educators and performers.
In June, as its relations with China worsened, the Indian government declared a ban on 59 Chinese applications, including TikTok, which is run by the Chinese internet company Bytedance. It said that the apps were prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and dignity.
China says New Delhi has been using national security to block Chinese smartphone applications as a pretext.
With several businesses developing India-specific applications that have grown in popularity, Chinese-owned apps have found a fast-growing niche in India.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used the country’s 500 million internet users as a lure to get tech giants like Twitter to find the data of Indians, second only to China.