If you don’t have TikTok already, you won't be able to download it anymore

Google and Apple have been asked to pull TikTok from their mobile app stores by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Reuters

  • The Indian government has asked Google and Apple to take down TikTok from their app stores.
  • Users that don’t already have the app will no longer be able to download it.
  • This comes after the Indian Supreme Court refused a stay order on the TikTok ban issued by the Madras High Court.
Update: Google and Apple have pulled TikTok from their mobile application stores in India.

The Indian government has asked Google and Apple to remove the video streaming mobile app, TikTok, from their respective app stores.

The new directive issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) means that users who don’t already have the app, won’t be able to download it once the order goes into effect.

TikTok is no longer available to download in India's Google Play StoreBusiness Insider India/Google Play Store

At the time of writing this article, TikTok was still available in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. But the app has since become unavailable in both mobile application stores.

We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court. We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives.

Official statement by TikTok


TikTok was banned in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu for ‘encouraging porn’ last week by the Madras High Court. The Indian high court’s interim order also included a request to the central government of India to advocate a ban nationwide.

The Chinese video-based social networking app then filed a petition with India’s supreme court citing their concern that the ban on TikTok will “amount to curtailing the rights of the citizens of India.”

They also expressed that they’re not responsible for third-party content on their platform and the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 gives TikTok conditional legal safeguards in that regard.


TikTok even removed 6 million videos from its service last week to address the problem of inappropriate content on the app.

When the matter finally came up in front of the court on Monday, the Supreme Court refused to implement a stay against the Madras High Court’s ban.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a senior advocate and law council for ByteDance, explained that the ban was causing irreparable damage to the company. He further contested that the Indian High Court in Madras had issued an interim order without giving TikTok the opportunity to defend itself.


The matter will be heard on April 16 by the Madras High Court. And, the three-person Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the case on April 22 after observing the proceedings tomorrow.

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