It’s great relief for all avid users of popular video app TikTok. TikTok which was banned for further downloads since 18 April has got breather.
Media reports that the interim ban on the Chinese-owned app has been lifted by the Madras High Court, subject to certain conditions.
On April 3, the Madras High Court had directed the centre to ban the download of the TikTok app in India over concerns over “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.
Post the order, the app was blocked on Google Play Store and Apple App store. 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”.
The TikTok developer also said that users flagged only a tiny proportion of TikTok videos, showing that a “very minuscule” proportion of its content was considered inappropriate.
TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and is one of the world’s most popular apps. It has over 300 million users in India, out of more than 1 billion downloads globally, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.