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Madras High Court Vacates Its TikTok Ban Order

24 April 2019 1:48 PM GMT
Madras High Court Vacates Its TikTok Ban Order
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The Madras High Court has vacated its earlier order that had directed prohibition of downloading TikTok Mobile Application.

In the hearing that took place today, the bench comprising of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice SS Sundar said that it is concerned only about the crimes against children.

It heard in detail the submissions made by the Amicus Curiae Arvind Datar and also the bytedance, owner of the application.

TikTok Ban

It was on 3rd April, the Madurai bench passed an ex-parte order directing the Government to ban the popular application. It observed that the application is dangerous for children in view of inappropriate contents including language and pornography being posted in the application.

Later, Bytedance (India) Technology Pvt. Ltd., which owns the mobile application, filed a special leave petition against the Madurai bench order directing the Government to ban the application.

Refusing to stay the order, the Apex Court bench had directed the Madras High Court to consider tomorrow the objections against the ex-parte order. In the hearing conducted pursuant to Apex Court order, the High Court refused to lift the ban. In the meanwhile, Google blocked access to 'TikTok' in its play store after the Madras High Court. 
Two days before, the Supreme Court bench said that if the Madras High Court fails to decide on the plea of TikTok app against the ban by April 24, then its ban order will stand automatically lifted.

[To be updated after obtaining the High Court order]

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