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TikTok Ban lifted but conditions apply

Presenting its defence, TikTok said that it has been using technology to flag objectionable content since July of 2018.

In a huge development, the Madras High Court has lifted the ban on TikTok: the popular social app owned by China’s ByteDance. It will soon be available for download on the official Google Play Store and Apple App Store across India.

This latest verdict was passed following a state court order which asked the Indian government to impose a ban on the video-making app on April 3 as it encouraged pornography and also exposed children to sexual predators. Following this, the Supreme Court of India directed Google and Apple to take down the app from their respective app stores. However, despite this directive, TikTok could still be used by those who already had it in their phones.

However, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has imposed few conditions while setting aside the ban. It has asked TikTok to ensure that pornographic videos are not uploaded on the platform. If this order will not be followed, court proceedings would be initiated all over again.

Presenting its defence, TikTok said that it has been using technology to flag objectionable content since July of 2018. It also said that they have always tried to comply with the rules of the land and stay within regulations whenever they upload content on the platform. As far as the pornographic content is concerned, the company presented data which suggested that only 0.0006 per cent of its content is pornographic, but despite this, they are working to expunge it from the platform.

Despite the verdict, as of April 26, this app can still not be downloaded via the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. If a report by Gadgets 360 is anything to go by, it is believed that the Madras High Court has not yet sent an official copy of the verdict to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology which could be one of the reasons why it is not available for download officially.

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