Madras HC had recently asked the government to ban downloads of the video-creating app, TikTok. The reasons were cited as exposure of children to pornography and violation of the right to privacy by the app. The parent company, however, requested an urgent hearing of a plea challenging the ban. The request was denied by the Supreme Court.
New Delhi: Users of TikTok are often hailed as blessings for meme makers. Often considered as people of lower IQ who enjoy investing their time in fruitless activities, people who sprung to fame using this app aren’t regarded with high levels of respect. But is it finally time that even the courts have categorized this activity as a meaningless one?
Will TikTok Be Banned?
Last week, Madras High Court acted against the Chinese video sharing platform. The reasons being the app exposing children to pornography and making them vulnerable to sexual predators online. Meanwhile, there were several reports on third-party videos being uploaded on the app without the consent of their respective owners which is a violation of the right to privacy.
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Stating these reasons, the court had asked the government to ban the downloading of the app. Additionally, the court had also asked the government to be answerable as to if it will be enacting a statute to protect children against cybercrime. A similar law is already in place in a more developed country, The United States of America, in the name of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
TikTok In Other Countries
This isn’t the first time the app has been in troubled waters, though. Earlier, the company was made to pay $5.7 million fine to FTC (Federal Trade Commission, USA) in a settlement over allegations of violating their law against cybercrime. The app has also already been banned in other countries, namely Indonesia and Bangladesh.
Present Decisions and Actions
Subsequently, the Supreme Court of India reportedly rejected urgent hearing of a plea challenging the Madras HC ban. The plea was made by the parent company of the app, Chinese media giant ByteDance’s Indian division. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said the plea will come up for hearing in the due course of time.
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The matter will now be taken up next on April 16 by the Madurai bench of the Madras HC.
While the courts stay strong on their stand, it still seems difficult to initiate a complete ban on the usage and downloading of such a widely-used and highly-popularized app.