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TikTok removed from Google, Apple app stores

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tech giants and have removed from their app stores after the refused to stay order asking the Centre to prohibit the download of the Chinese

A search for video sharing platform on and Apple's did not show the app.

The government, on Monday, had asked tech giants and to comply with the Madras High Court's order that had banned popular mobile app TikTok, according to sources.

The two did not respond to e-mails seeking their views.

While users may not be able to download from the app stores going forward, people who have already downloaded it will be able to continue using the app on their phones.

"Any existing user of TikTok, who has the app installed on the can share it with any seeker through apps like ShareIt. Once the app is shared, the user can install the app and become a new user," research firm techARC founder and said.

He added that there is a need for a "holistic approach" to get rid of such increasing digital menace, which cannot be absolved by technology and/or legal recourse alone.

The Madras High Court, on April 3, had directed the Centre to ban TikTok app. In its order, the Madras HC had said it was evident from that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such

It had also directed the media not to telecast video clips made with TikTok.

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is popular among youngsters in the country. It allows users to create short videos and then share them.

In a statement on Tuesday, TikTok said it has faith in the Indian judicial system.

"We are optimistic about an outcome that would allow over 120 million monthly active users in to continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives," it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 15:20 IST