Chennai: Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench on Wednesday lifted the ban on TikTok, video mobile application. But the ban lift is subject to some conditions, said reports. Also Read - Supreme Court To Start 'Hybrid Mode' Hearings on Experimental Basis From March 15
The court was hearing the plea filed by an advocate and it vacated its interim order that banned the app on the condition that pornographic videos would not be uploaded. In case that cannot be ensured, the court would begin contempt of court proceedings. Also Read - There Should be Some Screening: Supreme Court Seeks OTT Regulations From Centre
Early this month, the high court had issued an interim order to the Centre, putting a ban on the download of the app and also restricting media from showing videos made through this app. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah
The interim order had come because of the presence of inappropriate and pornographic content on the app.
On an appeal filed by the Chinese company, the Supreme Court, on April 22, asked the Madras High Court to decide on TikTok’s plea for interim relief by April 24, failing which the ban imposed on the mobile app will stand lifted.
The apex court had refused to pass any order in the matter, said reports.
Then, Google blocked access to the app thus prohibiting its downloads. According to an IT ministry official, the Centre had sent a letter to Apple and Google to abide by the high court’s order.
The app was not available on Google’s Play store in India. Google released a statement saying it did not comment on individual apps but adhered to local laws.