SC wants Madras HC to decide on TikTok ban within 2 days

Supreme Court of India has asked the Madras High Court to decide the matter regarding the ban on TilTok in India by April 24. If HC doesn’t decide by then, SC says the stay against downloading of the App will be vacated.

Earlier the Madras High Court on a plea filed by advocate and social activist Muthu Kumar on 1 April 2019 had held that TikTok be banned in India for its pornographic content and its potential of exposing children to sexual predators.

Appearing for ByteDance, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the ban was imposed ex-parte and TikTok was not given a chance to defend itself. The bench observed in its order that there was inappropriate content, including pornography on the platform and was easily accessible to children across the nation.

In the meantime, the Madras High Court had appointed an amicus curiae (a party unrelated to the case) to assist the court in getting a better picture of the issues in the case.