The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the order passed by the Madurai bench of the Madras High court over the ban of TikTok, a popular social media platform.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Bytedance (India) Technology Pvt. Ltd, owner of Tik Tok, argued for a stay against the ban, contending that it was causing the company irreparable damage.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had issued an interim order without providing an opportunity to TikTok to defend itself. The bench asked the government to ban the downloading of the app and sought an answer from it 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 was easily accessible to children.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna ordered the case be heard after the Madras High Court made its observations tomorrow with both parties present before it.

The next date of hearing in the Supreme Court is 22 April.

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