Madras High Court lifts ban on TikTok Application

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Madras High Court lifts ban on TikTok Application
Madras High Court lifts ban on TikTok Application

New Delhi : Madras High Court on Wednesday lifted the interim ban on further downloads of a Chinese application TikTok that allows users to create short video clip and post them on social media. The application claims to have more than 54 million users only in India.

Hearing the matter, the Court lifted ban from the application on a condition that all pornographic content should be removed instantly, and also no such upload should be seen in the future. The ruling also said that failing to do so will start contempt of court proceedings.

On April 3, the Madras High Court had ordered an interim ban on the downloads of TikTok application in India over concerns of pornographic content. The top court had earlier refused 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. Following the government order, TikTok was blocked on the App Store and Google Play Store since 18 April.

Bytedance, the owner company of TikTok, had approached the Supreme Court saying that the company is facing $500000 loss everyday due to ban and it has created a risk of over 250 jobs.

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.