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It’s clear, Indian short video apps are betting on their ‘Indianness’, but who’ll come out on top?

The clones are coming in fast: it has only been about ten days since TikTok was last accessible in India, but even in that short period of time, the short video space in the country has been in a frenzy. While the “Indian” alternatives have gained a sizeable user base ever since TikTok was banned, it remains to be seen if any of these apps will be able to match TikTok’s recommendation algorithm, or the network effects, which played a crucial role in TikTok’s success in the first place. There is ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play Store, Facebook, News, Instagram, China, India, Pakistan, Play Store, App Store, MoJ, Google Trends, Cnbc, Roposo, Gaana

TikTok received a questionnaire from MEITY after app ban

TikTok received a questionnaire from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology “two days ago”, after the app was banned in India along with 58 other apps, a TikTok spokesperson confirmed to MediaNama. The company did not specify the deadline to submit its response to the government. “We have received a communication from Ministry of Information and Technology and are working to respond to them within the stipulated time frame. We have been in compliance with the laws and regulations...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, Vigo, Reuters, Economic Times, Government of India, Kevin Mayer, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Tiktok, Section 69A, TikTok Helo, Ministry of Information and Technology

TikTok transparency report: India leads in official user information and content takedown requests 

India topped the charts in several metrics revealed by TikTok as part of its for the second half of 2019 — content removals, legal requests for user information, and government requests for content takedowns. The revelations for the second half of 2019 are more or less in line with the first half of the year when India had led requests for user information and content takedowns. The report comes a week after TikTok, along with 58 other ‘Chinese’ apps was banned in India over national security ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, UK, News, Australia, India, US, Netherlands, Norway, Transparency Report, Tiktok, TikTok TikTok, TikTok India, Content Takedowns, TikTok Content

Why the US will face an uphill climb in banning TikTok

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the federal government is looking at banning TikTok, like India. But that would be an uphill climb for the United States, whose domestic politics and court system would pose challenges that would be hard to navigate without smoking-gun evidence that the app is harmful to Americans’ security, something India has not produced. Free speech First off, there’s the first amendment — free speech law in the US constrains the government fro...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, China, India, Censorship, US, United States, Fox News, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, State, Jeff John Roberts, Committee on Foreign Investment, Mike Pompeo, Tiktok

Ban or no ban, Facebook wins in U.S. threats against TikTok

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, France, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Cnn, United States, Tencent, Brazil

Indian Army bans personnel from using 89 apps including Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, Truecaller, and PUBG: Reports

The Indian Army has directed its personnel to delete at least 89 apps, ranging from social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to Tinder, to even blogging sites like Reddit and “private blogs”, news agency ANI reported. Popular gaming apps such as PUBG are also included, and even apps developed by Indian companies, such as ShareChat, is banned. Truecaller has also been banned. The list contains broad categories such as “all Tencent gaming apps”, suggesting that more than 89 apps have bee...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hike, News, Instagram, Tinder, India, Snapchat, Army, Tencent, Reddit, Truecaller, Facebook Instagram, Times of India, Indian Army, Ani

With the clock ticking against TikTok, Facebook expands Instagram Reels to India

Within ten days of TikTok’s ban in India, Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will start testing Instagram’s short video service, Reels, in the country. The company was already testing the service in Brazil, Germany and France. Reels’ is similar to TikTok, and will be integrated within the Instagram app. “People can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects and new creative tools”, just that users will have different ways to share their creations: “With their followers ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, Gaana, Times Internet, India China, India Facebook, Lasso, Brazil Germany, Tiktok, TikTok Facebook, TikTok Instagram, Chingari, France Reels

Big Tech hit pause on sharing data with law enforcement in Hong Kong

In response to China’s enactment of Hong Kong’s National Security Law on June 30 (last Tuesday), multiple Big Tech firms have suspended their mechanisms to process data requests from law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong. Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram have paused their data request mechanisms while TikTok has announced that it will cease its operations in the territory. Twitter is in a bit of a grey area. We have also reached out to Apple to know their stance on the situation. The Nati...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, News, China, Singapore, US, Social Media, Whatsapp, New York Times, Telegram, Free Speech, Signal

Zee5 announces TikTok-esque service HiPi, not launching immediately

In the aftermath of TikTok’s ban, Zee5 announced on Wednesday that it would be releasing HiPi, a short video platform of its own. It’s unusual for a content company to wade into the messy world of user generated content, so it will be interesting to see how this service plays out. Entrackr first broke the story on HiPi’s impending launch on June 18. That story said that HiPi will be a part of Zee5, as opposed to launching as a separate app, a Zee spokesperson told MediaNama that HiPi will indeed...
Tags: Travel, News, India, India China, Medianama, Zee5, Tiktok, HiPi, Mitron, Chingari, Nikhil Gandhi

TikTok denies initiating legal action against govt’s app-ban decision

Short video app TikTok, which was recently banned in India, along with 58 other Chinese apps, has denied pursuing legal action against the Indian government’s directive. “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 o...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, Congress, China, India, WTO, Play Store, App Store, Mumbai, India China, Economic Times, Mukul Rohatgi, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Google, Apple remove majority of the banned Chinese apps, some still up on their app stores

Days after the Indian government  decided to ban 59 apps developed by Chinese companies, a majority of them have now been taken down from Apple and Google’s respective stores. A total of 54 apps were taken down from the Google Play Store, while  including Shareit, Kwai, and Club Factory. Four apps — Likee, Bigo Live, Viva Video, Vigo Video  — were also take down, but their “lite version” was still available. An app called YouCam Makeup was yet to be taken down at the time of publication. While t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, China, India, Play Store, Vigo, App Store, Helo, India China, Google Apple, UC browser, Kwai, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

India’s app ban decision ‘suspects’ of violating WTO rules: Chinese Embassy

The Chinese Embassy in India, on Tuesday, alleged that India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat, Cam Scanner, and UC Browser, “abuses national security exceptions, and suspects of violating the WTO rules”. It is also against the “general trend” of international trade and e-commerce activities, and is “not conducive to consumer interests and the market competition in India”, the embassy said. “The Chinese side is seriously concerned with and firmly opposed to such action,...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Google Play Store, News, China, India, WTO, Vigo, Helo, India China, Singh, Chinese Embassy, UC browser, GATT, MeitY

How does a Section 69A blocking order come into existence?

(with inputs from Torsha Sarkar and Sarvjeet Singh)  The Indian government blocked access to 59 Chinese apps by exercising Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. MediaNama spoke to Torsha Sarkar, policy officer at the Centre for Internet and Society, and Sarvjeet Singh, director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, to understand how a Section 69A blocking order comes into existence. Under this Section, the government has the right to block public ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, China, India, States, Delhi, Committee, State, UT, Calcutta, Singh, Review Committee, Sarkar, Shreya Singhal, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Chinese apps ban: India-China cyber face-off

After the Indian government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including the likes of TikTok, Shein, UC Browser, and WeChat, we put together a discussion where lawyers, public policy folks, and India-China experts discussed what this development means for bilateral relations between the two countries, and also the larger geo-political context. We discussed how exactly a Section 69A blocking order works, and the recourse these companies now have. We also discussed how this ban will be enforced an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, News, China, Vigo, Helo, India China, UC browser, MeitY, Tiktok, TikTok Shein UC Browser

Facebook launches Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor, in India

Facebook Avatars, which lets users customize a virtual lookalike of themselves for use as stickers in chat and comments, is now available in India, the social juggernaut’s biggest market by users account. The American firm said Tuesday it had launched Avatars to India as more social interaction moves online amid a nationwide lockdown in the world’s second largest internet market. The company said Avatars supports a variety of faces, hairstyles, outfits that are customized for users in India. ...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Australia, India, Snapchat, Xiaomi, New Zealand, New Delhi, Messenger Facebook, Bitmoji, Avatars, Facebook Avatars

TikTok chalks out its content recommendation algorithm, and the problems that it faces

TikTok’s recommended feed page, called “For You” is one of the defining features of the platform, and with around 2 billion app users, significant real estate for advertisers. The company in a blog post last week, for the first time, revealed how its recommendation system works, and some of the challenges that it has to address to make sure that users don’t end up seeing similar videos. The bottom line: When a new video is uploaded to TikTok, it first shows it to a small user base, who the platf...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, Lgbtq, Tiananmen Square, Content Moderation, Zack King, Tiktok, National Commission for Women TikTok, Nazma Aapi

Bytedance to shutdown Vigo apps in India by October, allow users to transfer to TikTok

Chinese internet company Bytedance announced that it will shut down its short video apps Vigo Video and Vigo Lite in India by October this year. Until then, users and creators will be given the option to export their content to TikTok. “Users on Vigo Video will be informed about the app shutting via in-app notifications with detailed instruction on downloading their personal data or deleting their account permanently, including videos, personal information, chat history and favourite list,” Byte...
Tags: Travel, News, Russia, India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Vigo, Madras High Court, National Commission, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Bytedance, Tiktok, Vigo Video, Vigo Lite, Middle East Vigo Video

How COVID-19 is Affecting Bloggers

In January, it was known as Wuhan Disease, a disease that originates and has affected the city of Wuhan in China. When news about it began to spread, people went on with their daily lives, confidently thinking that — at this day and age, with technology and advancements in medicine and treatments, and with the size of the world — it was hard to imagine how one disease can spread throughout the entire world in the blink of an eye. But it did. By March, Wuhan Disease became COVID-19 caused by the ...
Tags: Travel, London, News, China, Advertising, BBC News, Philippines, Wuhan, Bloggers, Don, Air Asia, HANNAH, Rappler, Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia, Tiktok, Influencer Intelligence

Facebook’s new app Collab looks like another supposed TikTok competitor

Facebook launched Collab on May 27, an app which allows creators to create, watch, and mix and match original videos remotely. For now, the app is available as an invite-only iOS beta in the US and Canada, and Facebook said that it is “starting with music” to allow creators to collaborate. From the options that it […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, US, Canada, Collab, Tiktok, Facebook Collab

TikTok suspends creator Faizal Siddiqui’s account for video allegedly promoting acid attacks

Update on May 19: TikTok has suspended Faizal Siddiqui’s account after his video allegedly promoting acid attacks on women went viral on Twitter yesterday. TikTok said the video violated its guidelines, and the platform is working with law agencies “as appropriate”. The National Commission for Women had asked the platform to delete the video, and […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Tiktok, National Commission for Women, Faizal Siddiqui

NCW wants action against TikTok creator for video allegedly promoting acid attacks

The National Commission for Women has asked Maharashtra’s DGP to take “immediate action” against TikTok creator Faizal Siddiqui after one of his videos, allegedly “promoting acid attack on girls and women for revenge”, went viral on Twitter. The commission has asked TikTok to block Siddiqui’s profile and give it a detailed action-taken report ‘at an […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Maharashtra, Siddiqui, Tiktok, National Commission for Women, NCW, Faizal Siddiqui

93% of Chinese minors are now online

Children and teenagers in China are hyper-connected and using the internet in ways that were unimaginable and inaccessible to earlier generations. As many as 175 million people under the age of 18, or 93.1% of the country’s underage population, were internet users in 2019, according to a joint report released by the government-affiliated China Internet Network Information Center and the Chinese Communist Youth League. The digital divide was quickly closing. Internet penetration among urban mi...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Internet, China, US, Online Education, China Internet Network Information Center, Kuaishou, Bytedance, Tiktok, Chinese Communist Youth League, Douyin TikTok China

Spotify Kids app rolls out blocking, listening history features for parents

Spotify is expanding the capabilities of its parental controls on its Spotify Kids app, aimed at children ages 3 and up on a parent’s Spotify Premium Family plan. Before, parents could only select whether the child was directed to the experience for younger or older children. Now, they’ll be able to specifically block content from their child’s account when accessing the chid’s listening history. These features had been hinted at when Spotify Kids made its U.S. debut in March. At the time, Spoti...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Family, Music, Japan, Kids, Media, Parents, Children, Music Streaming, Pin, Tiktok, Spotify Premium Family, Spotify Kids

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Amazon may have violated New York's whistleblower law by firing a worker involved in a protest over workplace safety, the state's attorney general said in a letter to the company. The letter also said Amazon's coronavirus safety measures are "so inadequate" that they may violate federal and state workplace safety rules. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an internal memo seen by Business Insider that Google will "stagger" its r...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Softbank, US, Trends, Canada, Nazi, Tripadvisor, Wall Street Journal, Sundar Pichai, Alexa, Pichai, Simone Biles, Banjo

TikTok adds parental controls for users in US

TikTok, today, added parental controls in the US with a feature through which parents can set restrictions on their kids’ accounts. The feature, called “Family Pairing”, allows parents to link their child’s accounts to their own, where they will be able to disable direct messages, turn on restricted content mode, and set screen time limits. To […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Children, US, Social Media, Tiktok

YouTube to launch short video app ‘Shorts’ to compete with TikTok: Report

After Facebook Lasso and Instagram Reels, YouTube is now working on its own short-form, user-generated video app — Shorts — to take on the massive phenomenon that is TikTok. The app will release by the end of year and users will be able to upload short-form videos into a feed within the YouTube app, the […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Youtube, Social Media, Tiktok, Facebook Lasso, YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels YouTube

Facebook, Hotstar, Netflix, TikTok to reduce video quality amid COVID-19 pandemic

Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, SonyLIV, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Zee5, ALT Balaji, Voot, and MX Player decided to collectively limit their utilisation of Indian telcos’ bandwidth after a video call yesterday. This comes after the Cellular Operators Association of India wrote a letter to the government and streaming services urging that their traffic on Indian […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Telecom, Cellular Operators Association of India, Hotstar, Tiktok, Facebook Hotstar Netflix, Netflix YouTube Facebook TikTok SonyLIV Amazon

No proposal to ban TikTok, says Home Ministry

There is no proposal to ban TikTok, G. Kishan Reddy, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, said in Parliament yesterday. When asked by BJP’s Subhas Sarkar if TikTok was a counter intelligence threat to India and whether the US had shared intelligence on the negative effects of TikTok, Reddy said that no such inputs […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, BJP, US, Parliament, Ministry of Home Affairs, Home Ministry, Parliament Questions, Bytedance, Tiktok, G. Kishan Reddy, TikTok G Kishan Reddy, Subhas Sarkar, TikTok Reddy

South by Southwest 2020 canceled

As a string of major events continues to be canceled all around the world due to the coronavirus, Austin has just made the difficult decision to cancel South by Southwest (SXSW), one of its largest tourism and economic draws. Government officials made the announcement on Friday that they would be canceling the annual tech, film, and music conference after Mayor Steve Adler declared a local disaster in the city. There are, as of right now, zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austin. SXS...
Tags: Travel, US, Austin, Sxsw, All, Southwest, Steve Adler, Southwest SXSW, South By Southwest, Tiktok, Coronavirus, Facebook Intel Twitter

TikTok parent Bytedance launches music streaming app Resso

TikTok parent ByteDance officially launched their music streaming app Resso on Wednesday. The app allows users to comment on songs, share lyrics on social media platforms and create their own background images (more on that below). The launch comes months after a beta version of the app was being tested in India and Indonesia. At […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Indonesia, India, Music Streaming, Bytedance, Tiktok, Resso

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