Ban on TitTok App Lifted

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The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court lifted the ban on ByteDance-owned short video making app TikTok. The bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar vacated the interim order issued on April 18.

The court had appointed Arvind Datar as an amicus curiae (a party unrelated to the case) to examine the implications of the app. Datar argued in the court that banning an application is not the solution.

He further said that TikTok was an intermediary and was protected by the Indian Information Technology Act’s intermediary guidelines.

Amicus Arvind Datar said they cannot have a system where something which is statutorily permissible becomes judicially impermissible. “Banning is not the solution. Rights of legitimate users must be protected,” he added.

“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity. We are committed to continuously enhancing our safety features as a testament to our ongoing commitment to our users in India,” said TikTok’s spokesperson.

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