Here’s Why TikTok is Still Missing From Google and Apple App Store
TikTok is yet to show up on app stores after its ban in India.
TikTok is yet to show up on app stores after its ban in India.(Photo: The Quint)

Here’s Why TikTok is Still Missing From Google and Apple App Store

TikTok remained unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple's App Store on Thursday - a day after the Madras High Court's Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video-sharing app.

Sources in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive.

We checked for the app on Google Play Store and Apple's App Store ourselves and we could only find apps that have TikTok written on it but not the original one. While Google and Apple refused to share any official statement, the companies would be able to reinstate the app only when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.

The IT ministry had earlier asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court's refusal to stay the Madras HC's call for ban on the app on 3 April.

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Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench on Wednesday vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India. TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday.

"We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity," TikTok had said.

We’ll update this story, as and when the app makes its comeback on the app stores.

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