Chinese tech firms facing more curbs abroad

People dressed in costumes at a TikTok Creator's Lab event hosted by ByteDance in Tokyo in February. India banned TikTok, a popular video-sharing app, this week over concerns that it spread pornography and exposed children to sexual grooming.
People dressed in costumes at a TikTok Creator's Lab event hosted by ByteDance in Tokyo in February. India banned TikTok, a popular video-sharing app, this week over concerns that it spread pornography and exposed children to sexual grooming.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

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India's ban on popular video-sharing app TikTok on Tuesday has sparked a new round of concern here that Chinese technology firms are facing more unfair curbs abroad.

The video app was taken down from both the Google and Apple app stores in India by Thursday, after its Chinese developer ByteDance Technology failed to convince India's Supreme Court to stay an interim state court ban over concerns that the app spread pornography and exposed children to sexual grooming.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'Chinese tech firms facing more curbs abroad'. Print Edition | Subscribe