The Madras High Court order asked the federal government to ban TikTok on the grounds that it encouraged pornography and made young users vulnerable to sexual predators. It is due to hear the case again on 22 April.
In its court filing, ByteDance argued that a “very minuscule” proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.
The company says it has more than 500 million monthly active users around the world.
Based on the preliminary ruling by the Madras High Court, India’s information technology ministry sent an order to Google and Apple asking them to remove the app from their online stores, local media reports said.
A spokesperson for TikTok said the firm had “faith in the Indian judicial system” and that it was “optimistic about an outcome that would be well received” by its millions of users.
The company added that it had been increasing efforts to take down “objectionable content” and had so far removed more than 6 million videos in India that violated its user guidelines.
Google declined to comment on the order. Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.