Madras High Court lifts ban on TikTok


The interim ban on Chinese-owned TikTok video app has been lifted by the Madras High Court, subject to certain conditions. The video app claims to have more than 54 million active users in India. The Supreme Court had on Monday asked the Madras High Court to decide in its hearing on Wednesday ByteDance’s plea against the latter’s interim order of banning the app. On 3 April, the Madras HC had called for the ban on the download of TikTok, owing to the spread of pornographic content on the platform. It’s also been alleged, in several countries no less, that the app is proving to be a fertile hunting ground for paedophiles.

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".