Supreme Court refuses to lift the ban on TikTok app
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the order passed by the Madurai bench of the Madras High court over the ban of TikTok, a popular app that allows the users to create short videos and then share them. Considering the concerns over the access to pornographic content through it, the top court said that ban directive was just an interim order and the high court is scheduled to hear the matter on April 16.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said that it is keeping the issue open for further adjudication and would consider it on April 22. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Bytedance (India) Technology Pvt. Ltd, the owner of TikTok, argued for a stay against the ban, contending that it was causing the company irreparable damage. He said the court did not even issue a notice in the matter and an order was passed without hearing them.
The high court on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application "TikTok" as it voiced concern over the "pornographic and inappropriate content" being made available through such apps.
The court had observed that there was inappropriate content, including pornography, on the platform that was easily accessible to children which have asked the government if it would enact a statute on the line of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act in the US. The high court's interim order came on public interest litigation (PIL) which alleged that the app encouraged paedophiles and the content degraded culture and encouraged pornography.
Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on April 3 had also issued directions prohibiting the media from telecasting the videos made using Tik Tok and further proceedings will be heard next on 16 April by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court.