TikTok’s Indian alternative Chingari app crosses 3.5 million downloads!

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The app, owned by tech unicorn ByteDance Ltd. Some users are reporting success, but most are failing to connect with that too. It could just be that many users aren't using VPNs properly.

TikTok had been targeted before by Indian regulators. If you already have the app installed or if you sideloaded it, you'll see this notice and a blank slate with no posts or videos.

Shein app, a business-to-consumer (B2C) fashion brand, founded in 2008 and which primarily catered to women and girls, found a mention in the long list of mobile applications that have been banned by the Indian government. The app is not available for downloads on any official app distribution platform. This notification will now be followed up by specific instructions from the government to internet service providers to block these apps.

A day after the Indian government blocked 59 apps of Chinese origin, China restricted access to Indian newspaper websites in the country. Tik Tok continues 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 government, including the Chinese government.

In a statement issued by the company, TikTok said, "We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications".

Among other apps that have been banned are Tencent's WeChat, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times on Google's Android, Alibaba's UC Browser and two of Xiaomi's apps.

China on Tuesday evening opposed and expressed serious concern over India's decision late on Monday to ban 59 Chinese Apps including the very popular TikTok on national security grounds, and asked New Delhi to stop the "discrimination". Chinese casualties from the clash were not disclosed.

The tension - compounded by the economic stress from the coronavirus pandemic - has likely pushed the Indian government to take a page from the US government by finding way to retaliate way that "would hurt China the most", said Tarun Pathak, an India-based analyst at Counterpoint Research.

Apart from the impact of the Chinese app business, it is important to note numerous apps that are a part of this list have offices in India that employed thousands of employees and apps like TikTok financially supported many Indian creators.

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