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Madras High Court lifts ban on TikTok

April 26, 2019

The Madras High Court lifted the ban on downloading of video-sharing app TikTok after the company said that there is technology in place to ensure that rude or obscene content is not uploaded. Both Google Playstore and Apple had removed TikTok from their India app stores last week after instructions from the government. ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok had said that the ban will hurt speech rights of people living in a democracy. Social media users had mixed reviews about lifting of the ban that happened on Wednesday.

As SC grapples with an existential crisis... Madras High Court must attend to some critical national importance too... So... Tik Tok gets relief after Madras High Court lifts ban temporarily-Shekhar Gupta, Journalist

On 3 April, Madras High Court said that TikTok promotes pornographic and inappropriate content which the parent company had denied. The matter was heard by the High Court according to the instruction from Supreme Court. When they lifted the ban on Wednesday, the court said that any inappropriate content found on TikTok will be considered a contempt of court.

TikTok had gained popularity more than apps like Dubsmash in India. Over the past few months, number of TikTok users has risen in India to an alarming rate.

"Tik Tok ban lifts by Madurai Bench of Madras High Court. Earlier this month, the Court ordered to Prohibit Tik Tok download. After hearing a plea from developer on Wednesday, the Court reversed its April 3 decision pushing for the ban. Petitioner's lawyer told not to move appeals, tweeted Raja Gopal D.

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