Tiktok to shut down India business

New Delhi: Bytedance, which owns Tiktok and Helo apps, has announced the closure of its India business following continued restrictions on its services in the country.

In a joint email to employees, Tiktok’s global interim head Vanessa Pappas and vice president for global business solutions Blake Chandlee have communicated the decision of the company that it is reducing team size and the decision will impact all employees in India.

The executives expressed uncertainty on the company’s comeback to India but expressed hope to do so in times to come.

‘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,’ they said.

A Tiktok spokesperson said the company has worked steadfastly to comply with the government of India order issued on 29 June, 2020 and continually strives to make its apps comply with local laws and regulations.

‘It is therefore disappointing that in the ensuing seven months, despite our efforts we have not been given a clear direction on how and when our apps could be reinstated. It is deeply regretful that after supporting our over 2,000 employees in India for more than half a year, we have no choice but to scale back the size of our workforce.’

Agency