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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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TikTok Banned in India: Here's How You Can Download Your Videos and Data

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TikTok is going to be banned in the country indefinitely, but you can salvage some of your data including videos.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 11:23 AM IST

TikTok is one of the most popular apps that recently got banned by the Indian government. As per a release from the Ministry of Electronics and IT, a total of 59 apps under the provisions of Section 69 of the IT Act, as well as provisions of the IT rules 2008, saying, “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

TikTok has over 800 million active users in the world with 119 million from India alone. TikTok was downloaded 277.6 million times in India in the first 11 months of 2019 and it was the fourth most downloaded iPhone app in the same year.

Ever since the ban, the app has been removed from the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. It has also reportedly become inaccessible to users as the government had ordered ISPs and TSPs to block all the 59 apps.

While most TikTokers are planning to move to other platforms, like Instagram and YouTube, here is how you can download your videos as well as data from TikTok:

-Open TikTok and go to your profile

-Click on the video you wish to download

-Tap on the three-dot icon and hit Save video

-Using this process you can download a particular video on your device

You can also download your profile data from TikTok using the following steps:

-Open TikTok and open the three-dot menu at the top right corner

-Head to Privacy and safety > Personalization and data > Download your data

-You will be asked to confirm your request which will be sent to TikTok

-Once the request have been made, you will have to wait and check the app for a confirmation which can take up to 30 days

-After your request has been accepted, you will be able to download your data. Make sure you do that within four days else he data file will expire


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IIT Alumni Council Bans Chinese-origin Software, To Develop Indigenous Systems

Amid nationwide protests over ban on Chinese goods following Galwan Valley standoff in Ladakh, the IIT Alumni Council on Tuesday announced elimination of Chinese systems and software in all its initiatives. It plans to replace the Chinese software with indigenous and low-cost technology in all its initiatives, including Megalab.

MegaLab is an initiative of the Council to establish the largest genetic testing laboratory in Mumbai for coronavirus and other infectious diseases that would carry out over 1 crore tests per month. The lab is all set to launch on August 15.

The decision taken by the IIT Alumni Council came a day after the Union Home Ministry announced ban on 59 Chinese applications in India including TikTok.

Over the last few weeks, the IIT Alumni Council has been working actively with various technical institutes of excellence, research institutions in order to develop indigenous and cost-effective solutions to replace the Chinese systems.

These include an initiative with IIT Roorkee to recycle all the plastic disposables used in the RTPCR process including viral sample tubes, sample plates and pipette tips which are consumed in large quantities adding to bio hazardous waste challenges as well as hard currency imports.

The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai has also come forward and worked on designing and piloting an indigenous technology in line with indigenous capital goods for mass production of the RTPCR 2.0 test kits for the much-awaited MegaLab.

President and Chief Volunteer of the IIT Alumni Council, Ravi Sharma reemphasised on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for going local and said, “We fully support the Centre’s decision to ban Chinese Apps and therefore we have also decided not to use any Chinese software and systems. We had already started work for indigenous development of requisite systems and software after the appeal of Prime Minister for Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

“We are confident that we shall be able to present world class systems and software with support of the global IIT Alumni community as well as the partner Institutions like Mumbai University and ICT Mumbai that are known for their technology supremacy worldwide. We are also sure that we shall not only achieve the goal of self-sufficiency for all our initiatives but would also export our software and testing systems to other parts of the world. We hope to compete with China head-on in markets around the world,” he said.

Vice Chairman of Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI), Pawan Kumar also supported the government’s decision on banning Chinese apps and said, “I am happy to be part of IIT Alumni Council’s support for indigenous software and systems. I believe that the Indian software industry is well geared to win in any market on a level playing field. In the current context, I am more than sure that Indian software and system makers will rise to the occasion and soon present indigenous alternatives to the Indian as well as global market.”

On June 15, as many as 20 Indian soldiers including the Commanding Officer of a battalion at Galwan valley were killed by the Chinese soldiers in a violent clash during disengagement.

Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan Valley area in Ladakh where they had earlier clashed on the night of June 15-16. At least 17 Indian troops, who were critically injured during the clash, were exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain and succumbed to their injuries later.

Data Security Working Group of IIT Alumni Council and former ADG in-charge of Karnataka Police Computer Wing, Sanjay Sahay, said that Chinese systems were posing high risks to the country. “Chinese software and apps are prone to malware and it is becoming security and privacy risks for our country. There have been concerns of security as well privacy with quite a few Chinese apps and software. I feel, banning of Chinese apps is a step in the right direction,” he said.


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Kaagaz Scanner Wants to be CamScanner's India Replacement: All You Need to Know

CamScanner, a highly popular app for scanning and storing documents, has been banned by the government of India as part of the 59 Chinese apps that were blacklisted for data and privacy concerns. Cashing in on this so-called “app vacuum” and riding on the prevalent anti-China sentiment, Indian startup Sorted AI has seemingly built a CamScanner alternative that aims to give users an ‘Indian’ app to scan their documents. Named ‘Kaagaz Scanner’, the app has claimed over 1 lakh downloads within one day of CamScanner being banned, and is presently seeing considerable interest on the Google Play Store.

What is Kaagaz Scanner?

As the name suggests, Kaagaz Scanner aims to do exactly what CamScanner used to, only in an Indian guise. CamScanner was blacklisted in light of its ties to China. Since it was largely used to scan personal identification documents, storing of such documents on the cloud server of an app hosted in China was deemed as a security violation. It is this that Sorted AI’s ‘Kaagaz Scanner’ aims to cash in on, and fill the space left open by marketing an ‘Indian alternative’.

Talking about the app via a LinkedIn post, Gaurav Shrishrimal, the founder of Sorted AI, the company behind Kaagaz Scanner, said, “We built Kaagaz Scanner as a side project after the call of our Prime Minister for ‘Vocal For Local’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. As soon as we got the news of Chinese apps being banned, we started pushing the app in all of our WhatsApp groups and social media feeds. We were lucky to be picked by a few big influencers, which gave us the initial push. That, coupled with a simply, easy to use product, started increasing our install numbers.”

While this sounds like the perfect story of an Indian startup stepping up to innovate and fill up the gap from a better known Chinese app, it seems that Kaagaz Scanner still has some way to go.

Should I use it?

As goes the statutory privacy disclaimer, do not download and use an app until its privacy policy has been verified by independent parties and deemed adequate. While Kaagaz Scanner has been built by an Indian startup, its privacy policy must also include safeguards against any potential data breaches or other privacy mishaps.

Even beyond this, while most users have given Kaagaz Scanner a positive rating on the Google Play Store, reviews paint a different picture. Most recent reviews from yesterday appear to suggest that the app is full of bugs, and has an unintuitive user interface. It also appears to be slow at processing scans, which shows that the app has quite some way to go.

As a result, it is prudent to suggest that you should wait until Kaagaz Scanner’s makers, Sorted AI, manages to sort out their app issues. Until then, you can choose from a list of our trusted document scanning apps and services to use while the homegrown, made in India alternative fixes the bugs.


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TikTok CEO Says App Meets All Privacy, Security Laws in India, Offers Support to Creators

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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has also stated that the company is extending ‘assurance’ to its 2,000-odd workforce in India, in light of the government’s ban of 59 Chinese apps.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 5:40 PM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

After being named in the list of 59 Chinese apps being banned in India, TikTok said yesterday that it will be hoping to resolve the issue, and will address any security and privacy concerns that officials of the Indian government would raise. Earlier today, Kevin Mayer, CEO of TikTok and COO of its parent group, ByteDance, has addressed the TikTok India ban and stated that the app remains compliant with “all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law”.

“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,” Mayer added to his statement.

Mayer further raised an assurance to over 2,000 employees who work with TikTok in India, stating that the company will attempt to “restore the positive experiences and opportunities”, which he underlines as an integral part of TikTok.

The better part of Mayer’s note is addressed to TikTok’s original video creators, who seemingly hail from all corners of India. Many TikTok creators have spoken out on social media stating that the ban has hurt their creative freedom on a platform where they did not feel judged and scrutinised. Taking note of this, Mayer said, “These are unprecedented times but we remain committed to supporting the welfare of our TikTok creator community till this interim order is in effect. Our creator managers are actively engaging with our top creators to reassure them of our efforts and updates about path forward.”

Mayer’s note also observes how TikTok’s India community largely came from smaller cities, which led to a paradigm shift in digital influencer campaigns run by companies in India. “Today, it is a staple and reality for TikTok users even in remote cities, towns and villages across the country. Empowered individual creators have become the most sought-after for digital marketing campaigns. Small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs have been able to realise their growth ambitions and dreams by reaching out to thousands of potential customers and consumers on a daily basis, through the platform,” added Mayer.

TikTok India is expected to meet with the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss their ban further. The app has been pulled off the Google Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store in India, and users are being served a pop-up notice stating that the service is no longer operational in India. Going forward, it remains to be seen if TikTok’s India ban becomes permanent, and which platform do established TikTok creators shift to, in a bid to find similar audiences and user engagement.


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CamScanner Banned: Indian App 'Kaagaz Scanner' Sees 1 Lakh Downloads in a Day

CamScanner, a highly popular app for scanning and storing documents, has been banned by the government of India as part of the 59 Chinese apps that were blacklisted for data and privacy concerns. Cashing in on this so-called “app vacuum” and riding on the prevalent anti-China sentiment, Indian startup Sorted AI has seemingly built a CamScanner alternative that aims to give users an ‘Indian’ app to scan their documents. Named ‘Kaagaz Scanner’, the app has claimed over 1 lakh downloads within one day of CamScanner being banned, and is presently seeing considerable interest on the Google Play Store.

What is Kaagaz Scanner?

As the name suggests, Kaagaz Scanner aims to do exactly what CamScanner used to, only in an Indian guise. CamScanner was blacklisted in light of its ties to China. Since it was largely used to scan personal identification documents, storing of such documents on the cloud server of an app hosted in China was deemed as a security violation. It is this that Sorted AI’s ‘Kaagaz Scanner’ aims to cash in on, and fill the space left open by marketing an ‘Indian alternative’.

Talking about the app via a LinkedIn post, Gaurav Shrishrimal, the founder of Sorted AI, the company behind Kaagaz Scanner, said, “We built Kaagaz Scanner as a side project after the call of our Prime Minister for ‘Vocal For Local’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. As soon as we got the news of Chinese apps being banned, we started pushing the app in all of our WhatsApp groups and social media feeds. We were lucky to be picked by a few big influencers, which gave us the initial push. That, coupled with a simply, easy to use product, started increasing our install numbers.”

While this sounds like the perfect story of an Indian startup stepping up to innovate and fill up the gap from a better known Chinese app, it seems that Kaagaz Scanner still has some way to go.

Should I use it?

As goes the statutory privacy disclaimer, do not download and use an app until its privacy policy has been verified by independent parties and deemed adequate. While Kaagaz Scanner has been built by an Indian startup, its privacy policy must also include safeguards against any potential data breaches or other privacy mishaps.

Even beyond this, while most users have given Kaagaz Scanner a positive rating on the Google Play Store, reviews paint a different picture. Most recent reviews from yesterday appear to suggest that the app is full of bugs, and has an unintuitive user interface. It also appears to be slow at processing scans, which shows that the app has quite some way to go.

As a result, it is prudent to suggest that you should wait until Kaagaz Scanner’s makers, Sorted AI, manages to sort out their app issues. Until then, you can choose from a list of our trusted document scanning apps and services to use while the homegrown, made in India alternative fixes the bugs.


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ShareChat Claims 1.5 Crore New Downloads in 1 Day, 5 Lakh Per Hour Since TikTok, Helo Ban

ShareChat, India’s biggest social media platform, has stated that it has witnessed exponential growth since the government of India announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps, including popular Chinese social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo, Big Live, Likee and Vigo Video. In a media statement, a ShareChat spokesperson has confirmed that through the course of yesterday, June 30, it saw close to 5 lakh new downloads of its app every hour through the day, accounting for a total of 1.5 crore new downloads in India within just yesterday itself.

ShareChat presently states that it has 60 million monthly active users on its platform, which offers a homegrown social media ecosystem in 13 vernacular languages. In a prior interview with News18, Farid Ahsan, co-founder and COO of ShareChat, had stated that the platform had been witnessing a steady growth since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The primary area of growth, however, had remained in the rise of organic engagement on the platform, for which Ahsan stated that ShareChat now has over 90 percent organic engagement across all its vernacular channels.

Berges Malu, ShareChat’s director of public policy, also told News18 that ShareChat expects to see steady growth in light of the ban of the said Chinese apps. He expected to see a gradual but steady growth in ShareChat’s user base, and stated that the ban on the popular Chinese apps may also facilitate a rise in investor interest in Indian social media platforms, since it left a void that Indian players would now be eager to fill up.

Roposo, India’s second largest homegrown social media platform, has also witnessed similar growth since yesterday. Speaking to News18, Mayank Bhangadia, the co-founder and CEO of Roposo, stated that the platform expected to witness over 1 crore new downloads yesterday itself. Roposo, owned by InMobi-backed Glance, claims daily engagement of over 125 million users. In light of the ban on Chinese apps, Bhangadia told News18 that he expects many original content creators, who previously showcased their work on platforms like TikTok, to come onboard and also bring their followers along. This is expected to contribute to the overall growth spurt of major Indian social media platforms.

Other benefactors of this growth includes platforms such as the recently launched Chingari, Bolo Indya and GoSocial. The latter, which is owned by HapRamp, was recently funded by industrialist and entrepreneur Anand Mahindra, and also aims to cash in as a creator-first platform for various verticals.


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With TikTok Banned in India, Is It The Perfect Time to Launch Facebook Lasso & Instagram Reels?

Just a few hours ago, the Government of India issued an order banning as many as 59 Chinese owned smartphone apps in the country. The notification issued by The Ministry of Information Technology of the Government of India derived powers under the section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 citing the concerns about the security, integrity and defense of India. The apps that now stand banned in India, across all platforms now include TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community. All big names, but one does truly stand out.

But does this open up the door for Facebook to take advantage of the situation and introduce the Facebook Lasso and Instagram Reels products in India. At this time, with TikTok inaccessible, all the creators and influencers on the platform are searching for a viable alternative to ply their trade. And show their creative side. This could be a good time for Facebook to simply bring their TikTok alternatives, because people need to switch. And fast. Never has there been a more ready-made demographic of users, just waiting to sign up.

Facebook Lasso and Instagram Reels, With WhatsApp as the secret ingredient

Facebook Lasso also has similar set of features as TikTok, including the ability to shoot and post 15-second videos. You can overlay these with popular music tracks, filters, effects, hashtags, the ability to directly share to Facebook and more. At this time, Lasso has pretty limited availability around the world, including the US, though it has already seen more than 5,000,000 downloads just on the Google Play Store till now. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, has a similar product for that photo sharing social media platform as well. It is called Instagram Reels and that’s also all about the magic of 15-second videos, dressed up with a variety of music tracks, filters and editing tools. This app also has limited availability right now, including Brazil, Germany and France.

In India, WhatsApp could prove to be the secret ingredient for Lasso or Reels, whichever one Facebook does eventually decide to launch in India. If at all. A simple integration in the most popular instant messaging app could make all the difference in terms of popularizing the new video sharing platform and give it the sort of adoption push that would otherwise be unimaginable.

TikTok’s numbers must have worried Facebook

TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, has climbed the popularity charts rapidly. The ability to showcase creativity and talent in quick 15-second videos had caught the attention of the masses. And that is truer in India than anywhere else in the world. According to data analytics firm App Annie, India accounted for 323 million, which is 44%, of the total 740 million TikTok app downloads in 2019 across all platforms. They also suggest that Indians spent 5.5 billion hours on the TikTok app last year. In fact, at the beginning of this year, it was reported that ByteDance was targeting Rs 100 crore in revenue in India, banking on new quick advert formats for brands as well.

While TikTok’s revenue targets were still no match for Facebook, TikTok’s active user base was proving to be a headache for the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook. According to regulatory filings by Facebook, they clocked Rs 892 crore in revenue in India in 2018-19.

Does TikTok still have a future?

TikTok has confirmed that they have been invited to meet with the Government to respond to the order and submit clarifications. TikTok, a popular social media platform owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is on the list of banned apps. At this time, TikTok is also not available for download on the Google Play Store for Android phones and the Apple App Store for the iPhone. “The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” says Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India, in a statement. The company says they continue to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Gandhi insists that even if they are requested to do so in the future, they would not. “We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” says Gandhi.


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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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Roposo Expects 1 Crore New Users to Join Within One Day of TikTok Ban | Exclusive

Roposo, the video-first Indian social media platform, expects to see close to 1 crore new users join its platform by today itself, just one day after the government of India announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps, of which TikTok was one. Speaking to News18, Mayank Bhangadia, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roposo, says, “Since morning we are witnessing a massive growth in traffic, the nature of which we have not seen before. The surge began since last night, and we expect to ride this wave to add close to 1 crore new users to Roposo by the end of the day.”

Roposo, which has 65 million users on its platform, has reportedly received a significant boost as a result of the ban on Chinese short video social media platforms, such as TikTok, Likee, Bigo Live, Vigo Video and Helo. Bhangadia says that one of the key reasons behind this growth spurt are local content creators. He says, “Over the past four years, we have built our platform from the ground-up keeping content creators at the centre. We have over 30 channels or topics where original content creators publish their work.”

Bhangadia also claims that Roposo offers the best revenue model for content creators in India, in terms of social video apps. “We don’t just reward our top content creators – our model is such that even smaller creators can earn well, given the visibility that they get on our platform. Post the ban, more creators are joining our platform, and they are encouraging their followers to also join them on our platform, which is boosting our numbers,” he says.

Roposo presently has over 65 million users on its platform, with monthly active users count of over 25 million. Bhangadia says that its reach is actually much higher thanks to its parent company, Glance, which is owned by Indian startup, InMobi. “Glance has a daily user base of over 100 million active users, and Roposo’s content is fed into the Glance lock screens. As a result, our reach is over 125 million active users every day,” he adds.

Going forward, Bhangadia says that he expects these numbers to change rapidly in the coming days. He expects this surge to continue in the coming days, as more users would likely look for alternate platforms to post their content on.

Roposo will be competing against other Indian social media platforms such as Chingari, and the more established ShareChat. While the former has been posting numbers such as over 1 million video views by its users in 30 minutes, ShareChat presently has over 60 million monthly active users on its platform, making it the biggest Indian social media platform out there right now.