Supreme Court instructs Madras High Court to decide on TikTok ban by Wednesday

The Supreme Court asked the Madras High Court to decide on its interim ban on Chinese video application TikTok by Wednesday. The top court said that the ban on the application would be lifted if the high court fails to give its decision on a plea filed by Chinese company Bytedance

The Chinese firm Bytedance that owns TikTok told the top court that the interim order was passed without hearing them. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Madras High Court interim order that directed the centre to ban the video app over concerns of illicit content on the application.

The High Court noted that TikTok’s inappropriate content was a dangerous aspect of the application. The next hearing in the High Court order is scheduled for Wednesday.

Bytedance told the Supreme Court that such restrictions will “hurt free speech”. A ban “amounts to curtailing of the rights of the citizens of India…who have been using the platform everyday to express themselves and create content,” the company said in a court filing.

TikTok was launched on 2019, by the month of February this year the application reached over a billion downloads. After the success of the application Bytedance, the makers of TkTok were valued at US$ 75 billion.

 Source : Various