Short video app TikTok was blocked on Google’s app store shortly after an Indian state court refused Bytedance’s request to suspend a ban on the app in a hearing on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Hours after the hearing, TikTok was no longer listed on Google Play. Earlier in the day, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent requests to Google and Apple to take the app down from their app stores. According to TechNode’s observations on Wednesday morning, the app was also removed from Apple’s App Store.

In a hearing on Tuesday, the Madras High Court in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which issued the ban on TikTok on Apr. 3, appointed an independent counsel to assist the court in future proceedings.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com