TikTok denies sharing Indian user data with China

Yolanda Curtis
July 1, 2020

The three Bytedance-owned apps have approximately 300 million users between them, and these users may have started exploring other avenues for entertainment.

For each video a user uploads on the app, the content creator gets points per view and these points can be redeemed for money.

Biswatma Nayak said, "In the last few days, we have witnessed a 400 per cent growth in the subscribers of the app". "We have built Roposo as a clean and ethical platform".


The central government's virtual strike of banning Chinese 59 apps has become another cause for disagreement after Beijing asked New Delhi to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the global investors including Chinese ones. Sumit Ghosh, co-founder and chief product officer of Chingari said that users are watching 221,000 videos every 30 minutes on the platform. "So, let's just keep our fingers crossed that like the previous time, this ban, too, only lasts for a some time".

But the ban on the apps took many by surprise.

"Chingari - Original Indian Short Video App. 3.5 Million Downloads", it tweeted. It is listed on Samsung's Galaxy Store and Xiaomi's Mi Store as well, though the company didn't share a breakup of where its downloads were coming from at the time of writing. The Chinese company's statement appears to hint that the two Silicon Valley companies did not remove the app from their app stores, but that it was pulled down by TikTok itself.


TikTok stands to lose a sizable chunk of its existing and potential users; in April, the app data research company SensorTower reported that India is the top source of downloads, making up almost a third of TikTok's over 2 billion installs. 90,000 new users joining the app per hour. The app gets downloads from the native app stores on Oppo and Vivo smartphones alongside Google Play and Apple's App Store.

Popular video-sharing and social media app TikTok on Tuesday morning said that it is in the process of complying with what it described as the government's "interim order" to block its app. Opening TikTok app, users said, showed they were no longer connected to the internet.

Indian lawmakers and officials have always been calling for a ban anyway, out of concerns over data collection, exposure of children to sexually explicit material, numerous reports of deaths and injuries, and general anxiety that youths are frittering their lives away on the app.


"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures", the press release said. 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.

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