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Madras High Court moves to lift ban on Chinese video app TikTok

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The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has lifted the ban on the downloads of short-form video app TikTok, providing huge relief to the Chinese company that counts India as its largest market. Earlier this month, the court in Tamil Nadu ordered the federal government to prohibit TikTok downloads, saying the app was encouraging pornography.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has lifted the ban on the downloads of short-form video app TikTok, providing a huge relief to the Chinese company that counts India as its largest market.
Earlier this month, the court in Tamil Nadu ordered the federal government to prohibit TikTok downloads, saying the app was encouraging pornography.
Acting upon instructions from the federal IT ministry, Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google last week removed TikTok from their Indian app stores.
But on Wednesday, hearing a plea from Bytedance, the state court reversed its April 3 decision pushing for the ban, the lawyers said.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the IT ministry would revoke its instructions to Apple and Google.
TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects and is one of the world's most popular apps. It has been downloaded by nearly 300 million users so far in India, out of more than 1 billion downloads globally, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.
The ban worried the social media industry in India as it sees legal worries mounting if courts increasingly regulate content on their platforms.