Madras High Court lifts ban on Tik Tok app

The Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench today lifted the ban on video mobile application Tik Tok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, subject to certain conditions.

Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the bench vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing with the contempt of court proceedings would begin.

TikTok’s case was due for a hearing in the Madras High Court today. According to Bar and Bench, the Madras High Court lifted the ban on further downloads of the app. TikTok will be available for download on Google Play Store and App Store soon.

Early this month, the high court, on a petition filed by the advocate, issued an interim order to the Central government banning downloading of the app in India and restricted the media from telecasting videos taken using the app.

TikTok’s popularity has seen the quickest growth globally, and especially in India. The viral video app recently crossed 1 billion downloads, and also had the best Q1 ever. According to a report by Sensor Tower, TikTok added 188 million users in the first quarter this year. The report further stated that most of its users came from India. Of the 188 million users, Sensor Tower estimated around 88.6 million of them are from India.

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