TikTok Seeks Dismissal of Plea Demanding Ban on App in Bombay High Court

TikTok Seeks Dismissal of Plea Demanding Ban on App in Bombay High Court :- The video-sharing app Tiktok on Thursday sought dismissal of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to ban the app in the Bombay High Court. The social media app told the Bombay High Court that there is a laid down procedure under the Information Technology Act to filter any objectionable content online.

TikTok Seeks Dismissal of Plea Demanding Ban on App in Bombay High Court

Senior counsel Milind Sathe, appearing for the video-sharing app, said, “There is a procedure laid down under Section 69-A of the Information Technology Act which says if a person has any grievance regarding online content then he or she can approach the nodal officer and seek for it to be removed.”

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice BP Dharmadhikari and Justice NR Borkar instructed the petitioner’s lawyer to respond to the point raised by the company and posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks.

Earlier, the petition was filed by Heena Darvesh, who is based in Mumbai, and claims TikTok has caused a number of criminal offenses and deaths. Filed in November 2019, the PIL says the Mumbai Police filed two cases in July 2019 against a “few [people] for posting videos on TikTok inciting violence and promoting enmity between religious groups”.

Darvesh claimed in her petition that a similar plea was filed in the Madras High Court last year, seeking to ban the app for its sexual content. The petition read, “In July 2019, two cases were registered by the Mumbai Police against few persons for posting videos on TikTok inciting violence and promoting enmity between religious groups.”

TikTok is an app whose users can create, upload or share short videos. The app was launched in 2017 by the China-based developer Bytedance.

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