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TikTok no longer available on Google and Apple stores

April 17, 2019 | 17:56 IST | Editorial |

Google and Apple have removed the famous TikTok application from the Play Store and App Store following directions of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to do so, after an order by the Madras High Court on April 3 to prohibit its downloads.

The popular app used by teenagers for creation and sharing of short videos was available on application stores of both Google and Apple until Tuesday evening but is no longer available for downloads on Google. While the people who have already have the App can still access it, the new downloads are impossible.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday had refused to stay the ban on the app and appointed an independent counsel to the case. The Court had asked the Centre to ban the app after hearing a petition by senior advocate S Muthukumar which said that children using the app were vulnerable to exposure by sexual predators.

Earlier in the week the Supreme Court’s had also refused to stay the interim ban on the app’s downloads.

The company, responding in a statement on Tuesday had said that they have removed more than six million users who were violating the ‘’Terms of Use and Community Guidelines’.

The next hearing in the case in the Madras High Court will be on April 24 while the Supreme Court has posted the matter for hearing to April 22.