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TikTok Doesn't Want to Challenge Chinese Apps Ban, Wants to Work with Government

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TikTok has clarified that it is not pursuing a legal recourse against the ban on the service imposed by the government of India.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 2, 2020, 6:38 PM IST

TikTok has refuted reports that suggested that the company was looking to contest the ban on 59 Chinese apps as imposed by the government of India. Instead, a company spokesperson has confirmed that TikTok now aims to work with government suggestions and directives, with regards to data protection and security. This falls in line with yesterday’s statement by TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, who claimed that TikTok is compliant with all rules and regulations put forth by the Indian government.

TikTok’s latest statement on the matter says, “There have been statements in the press concerning the possibility that TikTok might pursue legal action regarding the directive by the Government of India. We have no plans to pursue such action. We are committed to working with the government to address its concerns. We comply with the laws and regulations of the Government of India. Ensuring the data sovereignty, security and privacy of our users has always been and will continue to be a top priority for us.”

TikTok was one of the 59 apps that were recently banned by the government of India, citing issues regarding data protection. Owned by Chinese conglomerate Bytedance, TikTok, along with apps such as Helo, Bigo Live, Vigo Video and Likee, were suspended from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in India for the time being. TikTok is now believed to be meeting with government officials soon in a bid to convince them of the app meeting all privacy and safety guidelines.

However, India is hardly the first nation to raise concerns regarding data-related practices of apps that have their servers in China. The likes of USA and the European Union have repeatedly raised concerns regarding Chinese state-backed cyber espionage, and has put the scanner on multiple services based in China. Some of the most prominent names who have faced backlash so far include Huawei, the Bytedance group, and of late, Xiaomi.

Recently, TikTok also faced allegations for reading user clipboards, which it claimed to have done in the name of preventing spammers.


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Google Says Banned Chinese Apps Have Been Blocked Temporarily For Now

Google on Thursday said it has temporarily blocked access to those apps that were still available on the Play Store in India even after the government banned on 59 apps this week. “While we continue to review the interim orders from the Government of India, we have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India,” a Google spokesperson said.

However, the spokesperson did not disclose details of the apps that Google had blocked. According to sources, developers of many of the 59 banned apps had taken down their apps from Google Play Store voluntarily. India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit and WeChat, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.


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Banned Chinese Apps On Your Phone? What Happens Now






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India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The ban, which comes in the backdrop of current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with Chinese troops, also includes WeChat and Bigo Live. The list of apps that have been banned also include Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call, Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein. This marks the largest sweep against the Chinese technology companies.

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Beijing Says India's Move to Ban 59 Chinese-origin Apps Could Violate WTO Rules

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Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India Ji Rong said that India’s measure selectively and discriminatorily aims at certain Chinese apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds.

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  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 8:49 PM IST

China said on Tuesday that India’s move to ban 59 Chinese-origin mobile apps could be a breach of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, and urged New Delhi to create an open and fair business environment.

“India’s measure selectively and discriminatorily aims at certain Chinese apps on ambiguous and far-fetched grounds, runs against fair and transparent procedure requirements, abuses national security exceptions and (is suspected of) violating WTO rules,” Ji Rong, a spokesman at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, said in a statement.

India banned the apps on Monday, its strongest move against China in the online space since fighting erupted on the two countries’ border this month. Rong said the ban would affect Indian jobs, and urged India to treat all investments and service providers equally and create an open, fair and just business environment.


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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Alternatives to Lifestyle E-Commerce Store Shein

The Indian government recently announced a ban on a total of 59 Chinese smartphone apps. The order was issued by The Ministry of Information Technology citing concerns about the security, integrity and defense of the country. Some of the popular apps that will no longer be available for access in India include TikTok, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, ShareIt, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

This has led to an uproar among smartphone users especially avid users of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle e-commerce store Shein. While the app as well as the website is currently functional, they would soon be blocked by all ISPs very soon. Similarly, apps like ClubFactory and ROMWE have also been listed among the apps that have been blocked.

Myntra

Currently run by Flipkart, Myntra is a dedicated fashion e-commerce platform based out of India offering a wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories across sizes and age groups. Myntra also offers a wide range of brands with H&M being one of the latest big additions.

Koovs

Koovs is said to offer a nice collection of apparels and reasonable pricing. You can find the latest collection to an exhaustive range of clothes, shoes as well as T-shirts, jeans along with jewelry, watches and much more. The online store is said to have over 100 brands and all are privately labeled.

LimeRoad

A lot of people don’t know but LimeRoad has been around for a while and was launched at the end of 2012. Apart from offering apparel, accessories, shoes, and so on, it also comes with a scrapbook feature that lets you create fashionable looks using your own style sensibilities and share them with people.

Ajio

Ajio, the fashion cum lifestyle brand, is a popular digital fashion extension of Reliance that was launched around 2016. The platform focuses on fresh perspectives on personal styles and it is one of the best online shopping apps in India for clothing. It offers a wide variety of categories including women’s wear, men’s wear as well as kids’ wear as well as a premium range of gadgets and tech accessories.

Jabong

Jabong was a fierce competition to Myntra at one point of time. However, it was acquired by Flipkart via the Myntra division in 2016. The portal sells apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories and other fashion and lifestyle products. Notably, one of the co-founders of Jabong is Manu Kumar Jain who is currently the India head for Xiaomi.


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Roposo, Chingari, ShareChat Gear Up to Replace TikTok, Helo After Chinese Apps Ban

Indian social media platforms look to see an uptick in growth in light of last night’s ban on 59 Chinese apps, as enforced by the government of India. While some claim to be seeing instantaneous growth surges, other platforms are more pragmatic about the approach, while stating that the ban on services like TikTok, Helo and Likee will definitely create ripple effects in the homegrown social media industry of India.

Speaking to News18, Berges Malu, director of public policy at ShareChat states that while the platform is well poised to make the most of the opportunity that has opened up, the growth in terms of new users will be a gradual affair. He says, “It’s not an instant process – anyone that uses an app like TikTok is likely already using other social media platforms too, such as ShareChat itself. Hence, the overall growth of users will likely reflect over the coming weeks, once the network-level bans are imposed on these apps.”

ShareChat presently has over 60 million monthly active users on its platform, making it the largest Indian social media platform. Prior to last night’s ban of these Chinese apps, Farid Ahsan, co-founder and chief operating officer of ShareChat told News18 that the vocal for local narrative has given a slight push towards homegrown services, but ShareChat’s prime focus at the moment remains in seeing the growth of organic user engagement on its platform. With apps like TikTok and Helo being banned from India’s internet, the market may open up for just that.

Mayank Bhangadia, founder of Roposo, has a far more optimistic view of things at the moment. In conversation with News18, Bhangadia says, “I am seeing the highest surge in user traffic that Roposo has seen till date. All things considered, I expect to see up to 10 million new users join Roposo today itself.”

Bhangadia says that the growth is being buoyed by creators who are leaving platforms like ShareChat and Helo to join Roposo, which promotes itself as a creator-first platform. “We built our tool over the past four years, and offer the best revenue scheme for creators to earn through. Our parent company, Glance, lets us reach over 125 million active users daily, and all of this makes Roposo among the best Indian platforms to use.” Bhangadia confirms that Roposo has 25 million monthly active users at the moment on its platform, but expects this to rapidly change in the immediate future.

Chingari, the Indian rival of TikTok that is presently going viral, has also made tall claims about instantaneous growth in light of the ban on 59 Chinese apps. Prior to the ban being announced in public, Biswatma Nayak, co-founder of Chingari, stated in a PTI report that subscriber count has spiked by 400 percent within the past few days in light of the anti-China sentiment. Sumit Ghosh, co-founder and head of product and growth at Chingari, has been posted a stream of numbers on Twitter since last night. He claimed that Chingari received 1 lakh downloads within the first one hour itself. Earlier today, Ghosh further stated that Chingari is witnessing a heavy surge in traffic, with data showing 1 million video views on the platform in 30 minutes.

ShareChat’s Malu states that the ban is going to be more effective in the long run. “Bans like these create a void in the market, where there is a demand for a service. In such a space, there is already an existing user base, which in turn leads to investors getting attracted. This can certainly boost the Indian startup ecosystem in this space, and is something that may see stronger growth of homegrown services than before,” he adds.

Sheroes, India’s women-first social network, also welcomes the move. Priya Florence-Shah, group editor of Sheroes, tells News18 that since the Covid-19 lockdown began, the platform has added 4 million users. In a prior interview with News18, Sairee Chahal, founder and CEO of Sheroes, had confirmed that the platform has over 20 million active users. Echoing positive sentiments for a push for Indian sentiments, Florence-Shah states, “We have the best minds in the world and we can definitely develop solutions that work for us.”

The over-arching sentiment is positive, and the general outlook is that this can be a tipping point for social media and internet startups in India. While platforms like Roposo state that the effect has been immediate and exponential, the likes of ShareChat look forward to a steady growth in the longer run. The effects, as Malu stated, would definitely be clearer once the 59 Chinese apps are banned from operating in India in the coming days.


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Indian CEOs Welcome the Ban on Chinese Apps, Say Time for Homegrown Start ups to Raise Standards

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Here’s what Indian Indian CEOs and startup gurus have to say about the government’s decision to block apps originating from China

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 5:06 PM IST

The government’s decision to ban 59 China-based apps has got the industry talking. The list of banned apps includes popular short video service TikTok, browser and content app UC Browser, women-specific fashion shopping app Shein, popular mobile game Clash of Kings, and many more. According to the Ministry of Electronics & IT, these apps have been penalised on the grounds of being prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The ministry has also said to have received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”.

Reacting to the order, Indian tech entrepreneurs and startup gurus are applauding the government for its decision to block apps originating from China.

Keshav R Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS Global Services said, “The ban of 59 apps is a huge opportunity for startup Entrepreneurs and Companies to create robust alternatives that are Made in India for the world. During lockdown, India (Govt, companies and education) has been enabled thanks to IT.

NASSCOM President, Debjani Ghosh quoting the order passed by the Ministry of Electronics & IT said, “No better time than now for Indian startups to raise their innovation game! Also the perfect time for gov’t and industry to amp up the “build for India n scale globally” movement with focus on Innovation, Policy, Funding, Trust and Security.”

“A bold move by the government, this gives an opportunity to Indian companies. Kudos to @rsprasad for this move. @Product_Nation” wrote Nakul Saxena, Director Public Policy at iSPIRT in a tweet.

Naveen Tewari, founder at InMobi says “The ban indicates the need to work and operate within the laws, culture and values of any country. The ban is not a reflection of India’s changing policies, but certainly showing care for its citizens. This ban creates a huge gap in the digital landscape of India, which every Indian entrepreneur should try to fulfill & let its citizens not feel any vacuum. We are making sure that with Gance and Roposo every Indian should experience a great Indian product. India has an opportunity to build the 4th tech ecosystem apart from the US, China & Russia. India’s Tech ecosystem can be massive! Calling upon all fellow entrepreneurs to take responsibility for making India.”


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All You Need To Know About India’s Ban On Chinese Apps & How It Affects You

The Indian government has imposed a ban on 59 Chinese apps.

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Indian Apps ShareChat, Roposo, Chingari Gear Up to Replace TikTok, Helo After Chinese Apps Ban

Indian social media platforms look to see an uptick in growth in light of last night’s ban on 59 Chinese apps, as enforced by the government of India. While some claim to be seeing instantaneous growth surges, other platforms are more pragmatic about the approach, while stating that the ban on services like TikTok, Helo and Likee will definitely create ripple effects in the homegrown social media industry of India.

Speaking to News18, Berges Malu, director of public policy at ShareChat states that while the platform is well poised to make the most of the opportunity that has opened up, the growth in terms of new users will be a gradual affair. He says, “It’s not an instant process – anyone that uses an app like TikTok is likely already using other social media platforms too, such as ShareChat itself. Hence, the overall growth of users will likely reflect over the coming weeks, once the network-level bans are imposed on these apps.”

ShareChat presently has over 60 million monthly active users on its platform, making it the largest Indian social media platform. Prior to last night’s ban of these Chinese apps, Farid Ahsan, co-founder and chief operating officer of ShareChat told News18 that the vocal for local narrative has given a slight push towards homegrown services, but ShareChat’s prime focus at the moment remains in seeing the growth of organic user engagement on its platform. With apps like TikTok and Helo being banned from India’s internet, the market may open up for just that.

Mayank Bhangadia, founder of Roposo, has a far more optimistic view of things at the moment. In conversation with News18, Bhangadia says, “I am seeing the highest surge in user traffic that Roposo has seen till date. All things considered, I expect to see up to 10 million new users join Roposo today itself.”

Bhangadia says that the growth is being buoyed by creators who are leaving platforms like ShareChat and Helo to join Roposo, which promotes itself as a creator-first platform. “We built our tool over the past four years, and offer the best revenue scheme for creators to earn through. Our parent company, Glance, lets us reach over 125 million active users daily, and all of this makes Roposo among the best Indian platforms to use.” Bhangadia confirms that Roposo has 25 million monthly active users at the moment on its platform, but expects this to rapidly change in the immediate future.

Chingari, the Indian rival of TikTok that is presently going viral, has also made tall claims about instantaneous growth in light of the ban on 59 Chinese apps. Prior to the ban being announced in public, Biswatma Nayak, co-founder of Chingari, stated in a PTI report that subscriber count has spiked by 400 percent within the past few days in light of the anti-China sentiment. Sumit Ghosh, co-founder and head of product and growth at Chingari, has been posted a stream of numbers on Twitter since last night. He claimed that Chingari received 1 lakh downloads within the first one hour itself. Earlier today, Ghosh further stated that Chingari is witnessing a heavy surge in traffic, with data showing 1 million video views on the platform in 30 minutes.

ShareChat’s Malu states that the ban is going to be more effective in the long run. “Bans like these create a void in the market, where there is a demand for a service. In such a space, there is already an existing user base, which in turn leads to investors getting attracted. This can certainly boost the Indian startup ecosystem in this space, and is something that may see stronger growth of homegrown services than before,” he adds.

Sheroes, India’s women-first social network, also welcomes the move. Priya Florence-Shah, group editor of Sheroes, tells News18 that since the Covid-19 lockdown began, the platform has added 4 million users. In a prior interview with News18, Sairee Chahal, founder and CEO of Sheroes, had confirmed that the platform has over 20 million active users. Echoing positive sentiments for a push for Indian sentiments, Florence-Shah states, “We have the best minds in the world and we can definitely develop solutions that work for us.”

The over-arching sentiment is positive, and the general outlook is that this can be a tipping point for social media and internet startups in India. While platforms like Roposo state that the effect has been immediate and exponential, the likes of ShareChat look forward to a steady growth in the longer run. The effects, as Malu stated, would definitely be clearer once the 59 Chinese apps are banned from operating in India in the coming days.


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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Popular Alternatives to CamScanner

The Indian government has banned a total of 59 Chinese smartphone apps for both Android as well as iOS devices. The order was issued by The Ministry of Information Technology citing concerns about the security, integrity and defense of the country. Some of the popular apps that will no longer be available for access in India include TikTok, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, ShareIt, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

Among the list is CamScanner, a widely used app for scanning documents. Apart from letting users scan documents or photos using their smartphone camera, the app also lets users archive their digital copies in a safe location. We tried accessing CamScanner through a desktop and were unable to login, but it seems that the app is currently functional so we advise you to offload your important documents before the service is completely blocked.

So what alternatives do you have? Well, there are plenty to choose from with some offering similar results as CamScanner itself.

Microsoft Office Lens

Microsoft’s Office Lens app is a very powerful tool. Apart from scanning different sorts of documents, it even lets you scan handwritten notes, whiteboards and diagrams, and more. The app also lets you convert images to PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. There is also support for OCR and auto-edge scanning.

Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan is also a pretty reliable alternative to CamScanner. The free document scanning app comes with integrated OCR technology to recognize printed text and handwriting. You can use the app to turn receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards, etc. into an Adobe PDF. The app comes with built-in algorithms to detect the kind of document you are scanning and can crop the image accordingly.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a popular platform especially if you have an Android device. Apart from offering free cloud storage, the Drive smartphone app also lets you scan documents. It doesn’t offer a lot of features but if you are looking for a simple scanner to convert your physical documents into digital copies, then this is a good option. On top of that, the integration Google assures you that you can access your files from almost anywhere.

Evernote

A highly versatile app, Evernote is a great app to organise your notes, memos and documents. The app comes with a built-in scanner as well so you can save your documents in a jiffy. The app also lets you save photos and articles from the web. Further, you can easily share your documents and the app also comes with OCR to recognise handwritten documents or notes.

PhotoScan

This is primarily a photo scanning app by Google, so don’t expect high-end tools for scanning documents. However, when it comes to photos, it has the ability to scan photos while maintaining the details. Now since it is made by Google, it comes with powerful algorithms to auto-detects edges, takes high-quality pictures, and remove glare and blemishes, automatically.


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