TikTok 's Date with Madras High Court

Here I am refreshing my Twitter feed searching for News on #TikTokBan, yes that's the tech world we live in. Now the Supreme court of India has asked Madras High Court to take a decision on the interim ban (on downloading the app from Google Playstore and app store).

The app is still functioning for its 54 million users in India.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, which is hearing another petition that alleges the app "degrades culture and encourages pornography", had earlier said children who were using TikTok were vulnerable to exposure to sexual predators.

The above statement is true to anyone child or adult using the internet, as technology provides us the ability to connect with all, without any moral barriers. And just like in the real society we need regulations in the cyber world to ensure the vulnerable are protected.

Challenging the high court order on TikTok, an app that allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, Bytedance had told the Supreme Court that such restrictions will "hurt free speech". A ban "amounts to curtailing of the rights of the citizens of India...who have been using the platform everyday to express themselves and create content," the company said in a court filing reviewed by Reuters, asking for the order to be quashed.

Now where do we go from here? Well the courts will hopefully decide on the 24th, but we need to come up with a long term solution, in line with what our friends at Internet freedom foundation suggest, we also believe in a transparent, consultative mapping of the route ahead. Banning is a primitive methodology which is mostly ineffective and counter productive.

Lets work together with TikTok and other tech platforms to create community guidelines that are as per the Indian law and applicable.

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