This means that no new user will be able to access TikTok app now, as it won't be available for download.
The bench hearing the case said: "It is evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate contents are made available in this kind of cyber applications".
Nonetheless, as noted, TikTok has confirmed that it has removed more than 6 million videos, following a review of content generated by users in India. The app already has a user base in excess of 100 million and the app isn't going to disappear from their phone just because it's been banned. After Google, pressure is mounting on Apple to take down the app from the App Store.
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The issue will be heard in the Supreme Court on April 22, but the app could potentially vanish from stores before then. The high court is scheduled to further hear the matter on April 16.
The top court had referred the case back to the state court, where a judge on Tuesday rejected Bytedance's request to put the ban order on hold, K. Neelamegam, a lawyer arguing against Bytedance in the case, said.
Google, in an email response to Business Standard, said it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws. "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", the company said.
In its court filing, ByteDance argued that a "very minuscule" proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.
"The said ban, if not lifted immediately, shall cause severe prejudice and irreparable harm to the Petitioner Company and result in competitors gaining a significant and potentially irreversible advantage over the petitioner company".
TikTok is an immensely popular video sharing app that boasts of about 0.5 billion users, over 119 million of whom are in India.