President Joe Biden withdrew Trump-era orders that sought to ban WeChat and TikTok. Biden ordered a Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps. He has asked for recommendations within 120 days to protect US citizen data acquired by foreign companies. Biden has asked intelligence and Homeland security to give threat assessments on data gathered by foreign companies to the Commerce Department as it conducts its review.
Redseer, in a report, said that desi short-video apps — MX Takatak, Moj, Roposo, Josh — have captured 97% of TikTok’s user count of June 2020, when the app was banned in India. Indian short-form apps, as per the management firm, have retained 65-70% of TikTok subscribers, and added another 30-35% of new users, largely from Tier II-III cities in the past year. However, on an average users spent 30 min on short-form video, which is just 55% of June 2020 levels.
Indian banned another 43 Chinese mobile apps including Alibaba Group’s Aliexpress, DingTalk, AliPay, Taobao Live amidst months-long standoff at a Himalayan border site. The 43, including a range of dating apps, threaten the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, the IT ministry said in a statement. India has previously banned over 170 apps, including popular short video app TikTok, alleging that they collect and share users data which could pose a threat to the nation.
PUBG Mobile will terminate all service and access for users in India on Oct 30. Almost, two months after the govt banned the game in India citing cybersecurity concerns. Unlike other banned apps that became unavailable within days or hours, PUBG Mobile apps remained accessible to users who already had them installed. In fact, PUBG Mobile had retained over 90% of its 50 mn MAU in the country, a media report had said.
TikTok-Oracle business partnership will not ease the ban on the platform in India. Choosing Oracle as the trusted tech partner in place of an outright sale will not be adequate to assure Indian authorities that users’ data is safe and is not going to the servers in China. “The reasons for banning the app are more than just ownership; The ownership is only a partial and a small part of the concern”, said one of the two govt officials.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei, despite the US ban, will keep investing in its chip arm and help partners in chip manufacturing, production equipment and raw materials, Huawei’s CEO Guo Ping has said. The US has banned Huawei from building and selling chips to partners, especially in the US. Huawei was also barred from accessing Google’s Android updates and security patches. Consequently, the firm had to launch its own OS – HarmonyOS.
TikTok rival Triller has partnered Reliance’s JioSaavn to set its feet in the Indian market. JioSaavn will embed Triller videos into the streamer ‘front and centre’, enabling creators to make videos on the platform. This deal with Reliance will give Triller a competitive edge over the other apps that have been launched to fill in the gaps left by the banned Chinese apps. Earlier, Reliance was in early talks with ByteDance to invest in TikTok’s India operations.