Indian Government banned 59 chinese apps including tik tok
The decsion by Indian government to ban 59 Chinese apps is making headlines not only in India and world but is also covered extensively by Chinese media.
According to a report published by China’s state-run media The Global Times, ByteDance – the parent company of the TikTok and Helo apps could lose up to $6 billion( ₹45k crore) after the Indian government decison to ban them.
The ban on Chinese apps such as TikTok has turned out to be a blessing for the local players. Downloads have surged over the last 36 hours for apps like ShareChat, Roposo, Chingari and Mitron. For instance, ShareChat has recorded 5 lakh downloads on an hourly basis and over 15 million in the last 36 hours. Similarly, Roposo is witnessing 6 lakh downloads per hour and has over 10 million installations in a day.
Chingari app is adding 3 lakh new users every hour. Downloads for Mitron have also risen, but the app has not shared the actual numbers. All these local apps are witnessing a surge as users of TikTok have started shifting to them. Most of these apps follow the TikTok model and have on-board content creators who are being paid.
At TikTok, our efforts are guided by our commitment to democratizing the internet. To a large extent, we believe we have been successful in this effort… However, we stay resolved and committed to our mission, and are working with stakeholders to address their concerns. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and places the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” Kevin Mayer, TikTok chief executive and the chief operations officer of ByteDance, which owns the video-sharing app, said in a post on the company website.
In the post titled “A message to our employees in India”, Mr Mayer said, “Since 2018, we have worked hard to ensure that over 200 million users in India are able to express their joy and creativity, celebrate self-expression, and share experiences with a growing global community.”
“For safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India the Government has banned 59 mobile apps. Jai Hind!,” he said in a tweet.
The face-offs on the LAC particularly violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation has triggered an anti-China sentiment in India. Twenty soldiers were killed in the face-off and Indian intercepts revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured.