After almost a month-long absence, short video app TikTok is back on Google Play and App Store. The app had earlier been banned by the Madras High Court after a PIL filed against TikTok claimed that the Chinese app encouraged pornography and child abuse. However, earlier last week, the ban was lifted by the court itself subject to a few conditions.
Because of the ban, the app had remained unavailable for download on Google Play and iOS’ App Store, which according to the app’s parent company, ByteDance, was causing it a daily loss of $500,000.
Since the turn of the year, TikTok which has amassed 120 million monthly users in India – up from some 50 million it had five months ago – has faced strong backlash because of some high profile incidents which showed the platform in poor light and resulted in India joining the growing list of countries – including Bangladesh and Indonesia – where the app is facing bans.
Even after enjoying a loyal following of millions of fans across the globe, the TikTok app has faced its fair share of criticism and has faced an endless list of controversies which has caused the calling of it to be banned. Madras HC also banned the app download in the country.
While the ban on the app was welcomed by many, TikTok for its part had called the ban as a move that “amounts to curtailing of the rights of the citizens of India who have been using the platform every day to express themselves and create content.” The company has also claimed that only a tiny proportion of TikTok videos have been flagged showing that a “very minuscule” proportion of its content was considered inappropriate or obscene.