Madras High Court lifts interim ban on video app TikTok

The Hush Post | 8:25 pm | One-minute read

Subject to certain conditions, Madras High-court has lifted the interim ban on Chinese video app TikTok. The video app claims that they have more than 54 million active users in India. The bench vacated its interim orders banning the app subject to conditions that no pornographic videos will be uploaded on it.

Having concerns over “pornographic” content uploaded on the app, Madras High court on April 3, had directed the centre to ban the downloading of it. As a result of it, TikTok was blocked on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Also, the Madurai bench of Madras High Court earlier said that the TikTok users were vulnerable to exposure to sexual predators. Further they had said that TikTok’s inappropriate content was dangerous aspect of the app.

However, ByteDance, the owner company of the app had challenged the orders of the Court. TikTok in its petition told the Supreme Court that the interim order was passed without hearing them and such restrictions will hurt “free speech”.

Byte Dance said that they pegged losses of $500,000 a day and almost 250 jobs are at risk because of the ban. Also, it would hit company’s reputation and goodwill.

TikTok is today one of the most popular apps across the world. It allows the users to make and share short videos with different effects. According to the analytics firm Sensor Tower, TikTok has been downloaded by more than 300 million people in India. Launched in 2019, globally it reached the 1 billion download mark in February.

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