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TikTok gives up on India, months after government ban

App owner ByteDance beats a de facto retreat with mass layoffs

TikTok boasted roughly 167 million users in India before the government banned the app over privacy concerns.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Having made little headway against the Indian government's ban on the TikTok short-video app, Chinese owner ByteDance appears to have decided to leave a market once among its largest.

ByteDance executives emailed more than 2,000 local employees in late January that most would be laid off. "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," the executives wrote, according to the Press Trust of India.

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