The Supreme Court has asked the Madras High Court to make a final decision on its ban on short video sharing app TikTok, within the next two days. The high court had issued an order on April 4 directing the centre to ban the video app over concerns that it encourages pornography and cyber bullying.
The interim ban on the app, will be lifted if the high court fails to give its decision, the Supreme Court said. The order was passed by a bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Bytedance, in a petition to the Supreme Court on April 15, told the top court that the interim order was passed without hearing their arguments. However, the Supreme Court declined to stay the Madras High Court order on April 16, and listed the matter for another hearing on April 22.
In the meantime, the Madras High Court had appointed an amicus curiae (a party unrelated to the case) to assist the court in getting a better picture of the issues in the case.
The company did not comment on the latest development till the time of publication.
TikTok claims to have more than 54 million active users in India and said it was losing ₹4.5 crore every day due to the ban. TikTok has also been removed from Google and Apple app stores, preventing new users from downloading the app.