Hyderabad: After more than one year of getting banned in India, China-owned short video app TikTok could be re-entering the country. While in July of this year, the parent company of TikTok ByteDance had filed for a new trademark for TickTock, now a new tip by tipster Mukul Sharma suggests that it is indeed returning to India.
Tweeting about the exclusive tip, Sharma tweeted, “TikTok (or TickTock) is indeed returning to India. That said, the supposed comeback might get delayed for a while.”
In July of this year as well there was no official statement from ByteDance, reports had suggested that the company is keen to resume its operations in India post the introduction of new IT rules.
In January 2021, TikTok had shut shop in India and had let go of its 2,000 employees. India was the biggest international market for the short video app company with about 200 million monthly active users. The new IT rules have already seen popular gaming platform PUBG Mobile get rebranded as BattleGrounds Mobile India for the Indian market. Similarly, another brand Shein has also re-entered India via Amazon.
Other than India, the app is also banned in Pakistan and Bangladesh with Indonesia announcing a ban but lifting it after a week. While the Trump administration in the US had signed orders to erase the platform from app stores, the new government under Biden has revoked the ban.