The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, allows users to create short videos and then share them. TikTok app was not available for download in the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store on Wednesday.
An Indian court on Tuesday refused a request by China's Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on its popular video app TikTok, a lawyer involved in the case said, putting the app's future in one of its key markets in doubt.
The Supreme Court earlier on Monday refused to interfere, for now, with the Madras High Court's order banning TikTok, and directed further hearing in the matter on April 22. As it turns out, MeitY made this move after the Supreme Court in India denied TikTok's plea to stay the Madras High Court's directive from April 3.
This is indeed a big blow for TikTok, because India is the country where they are witnessing highest growth, and a ban from Google and Apple app stores will halt their growth. Irrespective of whether you like TikTok or hate it, the app went on to be included in Google Play's Best Apps of 2018 for its entertainment quotient amongst its audience. Users who had the app will continue to be able to use it.
Google and Apple have removed Chinese internet firm Bytedance's social media app TikTok from the Play Store and App Store following directions of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to do so, after an order by the Madras High Court on April 3 to prohibit its downloads. More than 30 million users installed the app in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month previous year.
The company employed more than 250 people in India and was planning to invest more to expand its business, according to a report by The Times of India.