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India lifts its ban on TikTok

The app’s owners claim they were losing $500,000 a day

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 25, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Apr 25, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
India lifts its ban on TikTok

Photo: AFP

Video-making and sharing app TikTok was banned in India for just a week before the government decided to lift the ban.

Reports from Reuters confirmed that the app was available to download for users in India once again.

TikTok developer ByteDance claimed it was suffering up to $500,000 financial losses each day since the ban came in effect, according to The Verge.  TikTok’s lawyers convinced the court that the app has technology to keep nude videos from being uploaded, Bar and Bench reports.

The one-week ban had not affected TikTok’s current 120 million active users in India, as the court order only restrained new users from downloading the app from the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Related: India bans the TikTok app

TechCrunch published a statement by ByteDance on their success:

“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our users better. While we’re pleased that our efforts to fight against misuse of the platform has been recognised, the work is never “done” on our end. We are committed to continuously enhancing our safety features as a testament to our ongoing commitment to our users in India.”

Earlier, Indian lawmakers claimed the Chinese-owned video sharing app was encouraging “cultural degradation” and the spread of explicit content. A high court in Chennai called for the ban on April 3. The case was filed by an activist group that claimed the app encouraged paedophiles and pornography.

On April 16, the app was no longer available on the Google Play store in India, but was still available on the App Store.

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