ByteDance-owned TikTok to shut down India business

TikTok and Helo apps parent ByteDance recently announced the closure of its India business following continued restrictions on its services in the country. TikTok's global interim head Vanessa Pappas and VP for global business solutions, Blake Chandlee, in a joint email informed employees the decision of the company of reducing it's team size.

"While we don't know when we will make a comeback in India, we are confident in our resilience, and desire to do so in times to come. We have done our best since then to address their (Indian government's) concerns. We regret that this was the result of a lack of clear direction from the Government of India on how and when our apps could be reinstated," the email said.

"We look forward to receiving the opportunity to relaunch TikTok and support the hundreds of millions of users, artists, storytellers, educators, and performers in India," a TikTok spokesperson said. The government had blocked TikTok and Helo along with 59 apps in June and has further communicated to the companies that the order to block them will be continued.

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