TikTok remained unavailable for download on Thursday at both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store — a day after Madurai Bench TikTok ban lifts up on the short video sharing app from Madras High Court. Sources at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology says that after receiving the court directive, official communication to be conduct to the technology companies.
The IT ministry had previously asked Google and Apple to block the app following the rejection by the Supreme Court on April 3 of the Madras HC’s call for a ban on the app.
In deciding the case file on Wednesday by lawyer Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench vacates its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos should not be upload to it, failing which disregard of court proceedings would begin.
Owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company, TikTok claims to have in India more than 120 million active monthly users. A search for the Google Play Store app and Thursday’s App Store from Apple did not yield any results.
TikTok Ban Lifts Up
While Google and Apple refused to share any official statement, it would only be possible for companies to reinstate the app if they received an official ban revoking directive. TikTok refused on Wednesday to share anything more than what he had said.
“We are pleased with this decision and we believe our thriving Indian community, which uses TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity, is also very welcome,” TikTok said.
It observes that even after the havoc cause by online game Blue Whale, which allegedly results in suicides, officials have not learn to be alert to these issues.
The court said it was apparent from media reports that such applications made pornography and inappropriate content available.
Petitioner Muthukumar claimed that TikTok had encouraged pedophiles and that the content was very disturbing.
The PIL said children who use the mobile application were vulnerable and could be expose to sexual predators, stating that Indonesia and Bangladesh had already banned the app.