Chennai: Madras High Court yesterday lifted the interim ban on Chinese-owned video app TikTok, subject to certain conditions.
The video app claims to have over 54 million active users in India. Deciding a case filed by advocate Muthu Kumar, the bench vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.
On April 3, Madras High Court had directed the Centre to ban downloading of the TikTok app in India following 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 in the high court. Following the government order, TikTok was blocked on App Store and Google Play Store, from April 18.