The Indian government implemented its ban on TikTok and made it permanent, and today ByteDance has returned released its response. The owner of the platform announced in an internal memo, acquired by Reuters, that he will reduce the size of his team by more than 2,000 people in India.
The company is uncertain whether it will return to the Asian country after its application starts for “participating in activities undermining the sovereignty and integrity of India.”
The memo stated that ByteDance hoped that “this situation would be short-lived”, but when it was not, the company “simply cannot remain responsible in a responsible manner as long as our applications remain inoperative.”
Later, a statement said the organization was disappointed that the Indian government had not given a clear direction on how and when the apps could be reinstated. The post also did not reveal the exact number of people who would lose their jobs.
India has been one of the biggest markets for TikTok, and ByteDance has plans for $ 1 billion in investments in the country. Yet, following a border dispute between China and India, there was growing tension that ultimately led to the blocking of imported goods and more than 200 banned applications.