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    TikTok, a popular video-sharing social media app produced by the Chinese tech giant Bytedance, had recently became a hit among younger smartphone users in India. Proponents of the ban said that the app encouraged child pornography and mindless violence.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian social media users are having a field day in the wake of the Indian Supreme Court's refusal to overturn a lower court's ban on the social media app TikTok, effectively paving the way for the ban on the app to take immediate effect.

    The Madras High Court issued a directive on 3 April to India's central government and its Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to ban the app and order its removal from the Google and Apple app stores. They contend that the video clip-sharing app is detrimental to minors and exposes young minds to pornographic content. The media giants have already complied, and the app is no longer available for download.

    Social media users reacted to the censorship with sarcasm.

    "I dont give a #u*k," says one user.

    ​"2 minutes of Silence for the tiktok users who mentioned Actors in their Bio," was this users' take on #TikTokban.

    ​There was a meme of a child telling the government in Hindi, "You are my enemy."

    ​This meme linked app downloads to the employment rate in India.

    This user sarcastically ‘thanked' the Supreme Court for putting jobless people face-to-face with reality.

    This meme reverberates the reaction of all TikTok users.

    ​A mourning meme of an avid TikTok user after #TikTokban.:

    ​This meme was a satirical take on a famous TikTok style guru named Manjul Khattar

    ​This user responds after realising that the app has been banned in India.

    ​Some users attributed the TikTok ban to the following Indian videos. 

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