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No relief for TikTok as SC refuses early hearing

  • Bytedance has challenging a Madras High Court order which asks the government to ban the downloading of the TikTok app
  • The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had last week issued an interim order without giving an opportunity to TikTok to defend itself

The Supreme Court on Monday refused a plea for urgent hearing over the ban of TikTok, a popular social media platform.

The apex court was approached by the owner of the TikTok mobile application, Bytedance (India) Technology Pvt. Ltd, challenging the order of the Madras High Court wherein the government has been asked to ban the downloading of the app.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had last week issued an interim order without giving an opportunity to TikTok to defend itself. The bench asked the government to ban the downloading of the app and sought an answer from the government regarding enacting a statute to protect children against cybercrime, similar to the one enacted in the US, namely the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The matter will be heard next on 16 April by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court.

The court had observed that there was inappropriate content, including pornography, on the platform that easily accessible to children. It also observed that the app encouraged children to play pranks on people around them, creating issues regarding violation of privacy.

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