Bengaluru: TikTok app is no more available for download on Google Play Store and Apple Store. The decision was taken by the tech giants following a direction from the ministry of electronics and information technology.

The government sent out this direction after the Madras high court banned the app on April 3. The court had cited that TikTok videos amounted to pornographic and inappropriate content.

Google has clarified that the app cannot be downloaded now. But those who are already users of TikTok can continue to make videos on the app.

The Supreme Court had earlier said the ban directive was just an interim order and that the high court was scheduled to hear the matter on April 16, where it was decided to ban the app.

In its April 3 order, the Madras HC said it was evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such mobile applications. It had also directed the media not to telecast video clips made with TikTok.

The app, is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and allows users to create short videos and then share them on social media platforms.

TikTok had said that it has faith in the Indian judicial system.

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

(With inputs from PTI)