TikTok remained unavailable for download on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store on Friday — two days after Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video sharing app from the Madras High Court.
Sources at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that after receiving the court directive, official communication would be made 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 filed on Wednesday by lawyer Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded to it, failing which disregard of court proceedings would start.
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 Friday morning Apple’s App Store did not yield any results.
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.
“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.