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Despite the TikTok ban lifted, app still not up on Google and Apple app store

TikTok remains unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple app store, despite Madras High Court's Madurai Bench lifted the ban.

India TV Tech Desk India TV Tech Desk
New Delhi Published on: April 25, 2019 20:55 IST
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Despite the TikTok ban lifted, app still not up on Google and Apple app store

A day after the Madras High Court's Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video-sharing app-TikTok, the app remains unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple app store. According to the sources from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive.

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

The Madurai Bench on Wednesday vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on the platform and on failing, contempt of court proceedings would begin.

TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The app is claimed to have more than 120 million monthly active users in India.

On Thursday, the search for the app on Google Play Store and Apple's App Store did not yield any results.

Both Google and Apple have refused to share any official statement and the companies will only reinstate the app, when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.

TikTok said, "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".

(With IANS inputs)

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