The ban on famous app TikTok has been lifted by the Madras High Court 

Nitesh Jha  Wednesday 24th of April 2019 07:00 PM
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New Delhi: The ban on Chinese app TikTok video app has been lifted by the Madras High Court on the condition of certain norms. The video app has recently claimed that it has more than 54 million active users in India.

Hearing  the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the bench annuled its interim order banning the app, on the conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing with the contempt of court proceedings would begin.

It may be noted that On April 3, the Madras High Court had directed the centre to ban the download of the TikTok app in India due to "pornographic" content. The top court had earlier rejected to stay the Madras High Court interim order on grounds that it is temporary and the matter is still being heard at the high court. TikTok was blocked on the App Store and Google Play Store since 18 April following the government order.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, which is hearing another petition that alleges the app “degrades culture and encourages pornography”, had earlier said children who had been using TikTok were vulnerable to exposure to sexual predators.

The high court had said  “TikTok's inappropriate content was a dangerous aspect of the app.”

Challenging the high court order on TikTok, Chinese company ByteDance which owns TikTok, in its petition, had told the Supreme Court that the interim order was passed without hearing them and such restrictions will "hurt free speech".

The TikTok developer also said that users flagged only a tiny proportion of TikTok videos, showing that a "very minuscule" proportion of its content was considered inappropriate.It also added the ban would result in its reputation and goodwill taking a hit with both advertisers and investors.

TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects. it is one of the world's most popular apps. It has been downloaded by nearly 300 million users so far in India, out of more than 1 billion downloads globally, according to a analytics firm.

Interestingly, TikTok was launched in 2019. Using this app, users can create and share short videos with special effects. TikTok reached the one billion download mark in February.




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