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TikTok has received a major boost in India, with the Madras High Court finally lifting the ban on the app’s operations in India. Yes, you read it right, the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench on Wednesday lifted the ban on popular video music app, TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, subject to certain conditions. Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the bench vacated its interim order of banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.
It should come as relief for the Bytedance-owned social media platform, the Madras HC took the decision after hearing appeals from TikTok India’s senior advocate, Isaac Mohanlal, and independent counsel, Arvind Datar, which appealed under multiple, constitutionally approved grounds. The judgement lifts the stay order by the Supreme Court, on the interim ban imposed by the Madurai bench earlier this month.
“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity,”
TikTok said in a statement.
In the two days that TikTok has been absent from the Google and Apple app stores, the company claims that it has been unable to complete six million download requests and missed out on nearly two million users.
The app was banned in India on allegations of inappropriate content, encouraging pornography and potentially leading to pedophiles to underage children. TikTok issued a statement thereafter explaining that any such ban “hurts free speech” — more so because the interim order was passed without allowing ByteDance or TikTok to defend itself.