Amid ban by Indian govt, TikTok denies sharing user data with China

  • Amid ban by Indian govt, TikTok denies sharing user data with China

Amid ban by Indian govt, TikTok denies sharing user data with China

The three Bytedance-owned apps have approximately 300 million users between them, and these users may have started exploring other avenues for entertainment. "Approx 10,000 users per min in the app. 3 million videos swiped/watched per hour".

When TikTok was banned briefly previous year after a state court said the app encouraged pornography, the company told the Supreme Court the ban cost it roughly $15 million (roughly Rs. 113 crores) a month. "We have built Roposo as a clean and ethical platform". Sumit Ghosh, co-founder and chief product officer of Chingari said that users are watching 221,000 videos every 30 minutes on the platform.

While the Chinese Foreign Ministry withheld further comment till it had verified the facts, the embassy here cited four grounds for seeking a review of the Indian Government's announcement on Monday banning 59 apps, including the popular TIkTok, on grounds of national security due to apprehensions of surreptitious data mining and its transfer to servers overseas. The line hasn't worked on the US, to whom the company similarly vowed allegiance and denied facilitating Chinese government surveillance.

"Right now I don't think there are any easy options for New Delhi".

This is the story of a microvlogging app that nobody had heard of two years ago, and how it lured the world's teens with karaoke, gobbled up their data, ballooned to monstrous proportions, and, finally, became a geopolitical bargaining chip in an escalating feud between the world's two most-populous countries.

Chingari, another alternative to TikTok, has been downloaded 2.5 million times since the ban.

Here's what the notice says, "Dear users, we are in the process of complying with the Government of India's directive to block 59 apps".

TikTok is no longer available to download on Google Play Store and App Store.

Many also referred to YouTuber Carry Minati's viral video titled "YouTube vs TikTok- The End", which took social media by storm and was ultimately taken down.

The list of apps that have been banned includes the likes of TikTok which has been banned in India in the past as well.

The app makers have said they are in talks with the Indian government, while Beijing has asked India to reconsider its decision.

A TikTok spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied an upcoming meeting with Indian officials, but told Gizmodo that the ByteDance India team "is committed to working with the government to demonstrate our dedication to user security and our commitment to the country overall". He added that the ban can be hugely beneficial for Indian companies considering the potential Indian startups have in terms of creating own Tiktok, WeChat and Baidu.

Gurugram-based payments and financial services company, MobiKwik is gearing up to do a brand marketing push across its social media and electronic channels to highlight its Indian roots.