Tuber – a Chinese app that enabled nation’s users to access western social media legally – stopped functioning and disappeared from app store run by Huawei Technologies. It is unclear whether a govt agency had ordered its removal. Before it was removed, Tuber garnered 5M downloads for Android phones alone. The app censored some content including YouTube videos as Beijing is very strict when it comes to banning content critical of the government.
ByteDance has applied for a tech export licence in China as it races finalise a deal with Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc for its short video app. The firm submitted the application to Beijing’s municipal commerce bureau and is waiting for a decision. The application comes about a month after China revised its export control policies for the first time in 12 years, in a manner which would hinder TikTok’s deal with Oracle and Walmart.
Beijing is unlikely to approve an “unfair” deal between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart, state-backed newspaper Global Times said in an editorial. “It caters to the unreasonable demands of Washington. It’s hard for us to believe that Beijing will approve such an agreement”, the editorial read. The editorial emphasised that this deal could risk the future of other potential Chinese firms in the US as the administration could target them, just to gain control.
The US Justice Department has charged 5 Chinese residents and 2 Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort. The Chinese nationals were charged for hacking over 100 firms in the US and abroad. The Malaysian businessmen were charged for targeting video game firms in US, France, Japan, Singapore, S Korea. The US officials did not allege hackers had ties with Beijing; but said that Chinese govt – at the very least – turns a blind eye on cyber espionage.
Chinese tech firm Zhenhua Data Information Technology, in its global database of foreign targets, is using big data to monitor over 10K Indian individuals and organizations. The firm claims the Chinese govt and military as one of its clients. Monitored individuals include PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Singh Rawat, former PM Manmohan Singh and many more along with their families.