TikTok ban: how things spiralled for the Chinese app, leading to its ban in India
With rising popularity, TikTok has found itself at the centre of a heated debate, especially over the ‘pornographic’ and ‘sleazy’ content shared through the platform.Sutrishna Ghosh
The fact that Chinese app TikTok enjoys a massive popularity among active netizens is no surprise. Of its 500 million users around the world, India counts for more than 100 million alone. With its rising popularity, however, the video-sharing app has found itself at the centre of a heated debate, especially over the ‘pornographic’ and ‘sleazy’ content shared on the platform.
It has been reported that the platform, owned by Chinese internet technology company ByteDance, has become a fertile ground for paedophiles and even cyberbullying in many countries. As similar reports surfaced closer to home, the Tamil Nadu state government became the first one to initiate talks of issuing a ban on it.
The reports soon found a stronger voice across the country, leading to the events of April 3, when the Madras High Court passed a interim order banning the app’s download in India. As of today, April 24, the HC is to hear a plea filed by ByteDance with regards to the interim ban on TikTok.
YourStory will be updating you as and when the fate of the wildly-popular app is decided in India. Meanwhile, here is a lowdown of all the events that have taken place since Madras High Court’s ban on TikTok.
April 3 - Ban on TikTok
Madras High Court passes an interim directive to ban TikTok in India.
April 5 - TikTok's parent ByteDance moves to the Supreme Court
Parent company ByteDance moves Supreme Court, petitioning for a stay order on the HC's directive.
A few days later, ByteDance requests the Supreme Court to take an urgent listing of the hearing.
April 15 - SC refuses TikTok's plea on the ban
The Supreme Court refuses TikTok’s plea to stay Madras High Court’s directive on the ban.
The apex court in India sets the hearing on the case for April 22 after the Madras High Court hears the case on April 16 .
At the time, TikTok issued the following statement:
April 16 - Madras High Court appoints independent counsel to look into the matter
Madras HC appoints Arvind Datar as amicus curiae (independent counsel) to the court in the case involving its ban in India.
HC pushes the hearing to April 24.
YourStory received the following statement from TikTok:
“We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curiae (independent counsel) to the court. We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives.”
April 22 - SC directs Madras High Court to pass an interim order on the ban of TikTok ByteDance
The Supreme Court directs Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court to hear a plea filed by ByteDance latest by April 24. Failing to do so, the SC adds, the ex-parte stay order of the High Court shall stand vacated.
April 24 - Madras High Court to hear the TikTok's plea against its interim ban
Madras High Court's Madurai Bench set to hear the plea filed by ByteDance against the interim ban.
YourStory has reached out to the company, and we will update the story as per their response.