New Delhi, April 30: Chinese video sharing application of TikTok is once again available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. TikTok's return on the app-downloading platforms comes days after the Madras High Court lifted ban on ByteDance product -- weeks after banning it for promoting "pornographic" content. TikTok Ban Lifted: Madras HC Vacates Ban on ByteDance's Video Making App Subject To Condition & Pornographic Content 'Not To Be Uploaded'.
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 April 3.
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. Tik Tok Ban Lifted in India! Funny Memes and Jokes on TikTok Users Fill Twitter.
While Google and Apple had earlier refused to share any official statement, the company insiders said they would be able to reinstate the app only when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by TikTok on Wednesday welcomed the court's order revoking the ban imposed earlier this month. "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," the statement read.
(With IANS inputs)