This week, the Madras High Court in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu must hand down a final decision on whether to ban Bytedance’s short-video app TikTok. The decision could severely impact the app’s reach: Last year, Indian users made up 27% of total installs of the app’s international version.

Meanwhile, accusations of cyberbullying and predatory behavior are echoing official backlash against online platforms around the world. Australia passed strict new laws to hold social media companies accountable in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, while Sri Lankan authorities shut down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and other platforms after Sunday’s suicide bombings.

While TikTok’s issues in India are different, the fast-growing news platform Helo could be a target for future crackdowns. With some of the company’s apps embroiled in controversy, we take a closer look at Bytedance’s presence in the country. Finally, we review major headlines from the last two weeks, several of which focus on Bytedance’s current troubles in India.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.

Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com