With warning about content, Madras HC lifts ban on TikTok app

TikTok ban is one of buzzing topic in the country. After the ban, some people reacted positive and some criticized. But, there is a great relief to TikTok fan, the Madras High Court on Wednesday moved to lift a ban on popular video app TikTok in the country.

After hearing a plea from developer Beijing Bytedance Technology, the Madras High court reversed its April 3 decision pushing for a ban on TikTok downloads. IT ministry, once it received the court’s order, would ask Apple and Google to allow the TikTok app to return on their platforms.

Previously, Madras High Court ordered the Central government to forbid TikTok downloads, stating the app was encouraging pornography and could expose children to sexual predators.

As per the order, the IT ministry instructed Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their Indian app stores. But on Wednesday, after hearing from Bytedance the Madras court reversed their decision of pushing the ban.

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A spokesman for TikTok said the company welcomed the court’s decision. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our users better,” he said.

TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and 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 analytics firm Sensor Tower.

TikTok features memes and music videos, with some clips showing youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-syncing and dancing to popular tunes. Some Indian politicians and parents say its content is inappropriate.

Bytedance had also urged India’s Supreme Court to quash the ban, but the case was referred back to the state court. The ban was resulting in “financial losses” of up to $500,000 a day for Bytedance and had put more than 250 jobs at risk, the company had said. The ban worried the social media industry in India as it sees legal worries mounting if courts increasingly regulate content on their platforms.


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