The Madras high court’s order asking the Indian government to stop users from downloading Chinese short video app Tik Tok may be difficult to implement, according to sources within the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY).
The government is still going through the ruling issued earlier this week by the high court. Talking off the record with Economic Times (ET), officials at MeitY said the order is “very hard to implement” and instead of the government it would be appropriate for the affected party to appeal the matter.
“We are yet to go through the order in detail, but it appears to be unimplementable,” said ET citing a ministry source.
The high court directed the government to prohibit download of Bytedance-owned video sharing mobile application saying it was encouraging pornography. The court also directed media organisations to not “telecast videos made using the Tik Tok mobile app.”
Tik Tok, which started as Musical.ly in 2014 and was acquired by Chinese internet giant ByteDance in November 2017, has been downloaded more than a billion times globally. On the Google Play store, it has been downloaded more than 500 million times, including over 200 million times in India. According to the ET report, the government hasn’t yet asked Google to take any action against the app.
Another report by ET said the ruling party BJP is planning to escalate the matter concerning its sister app Helo with the Election Commission, alleging Chinese interference in Indian elections.