The Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps across the Google Play Store and Apple App Store on Monday (June 29), alleging that they violated user privacy and data. TikTok was one of the first apps to appear on the chart. While there is no official comment yet from the developer or its parent company ByteDance, the app has been withdrawn or deranked (as expected) from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the two device markets for Android and iOS devices.
It is worth noting that while for some the app is still available, for others it has stopped displaying results in quest. It means that in the first place, many users who want to access it app from their respective app stores would not be able to find it.
Searching for TikTok on Google Play or App Store for some users leads to results that display either those clone apps or apps to download TikTok videos from unpopular developers. Nonetheless, we are still awaiting some kind of confirmation on that from Google India. We have also reached out for a statement for TikTok.
Nonetheless, some of the other common applications included in the ban list are still available on both platforms, including CamScanner, UC Browser, Shareit, WeChat and Clash of Kings. We too can soon receive the TikTok treatment and be dropped or deranked off the respective Google and Apple device markets.