Pompeo Says US ‘Certainly Looking’ at Banning Chinese Social Media Apps, Including TikTok: Report

File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Secretary of State in an interview said US was ‘certainly looking’ at banning Chinese apps. Reuters Last Updated: July 7, 2020, 10:30 AM IST Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Monday that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News. US lawmakers have raised…

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Anita Hassanandani Recreates DDLJ Scene with a Twist, Says ‘No Need TikTok, Just Talent is Enough’

Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Redyy Anita Hassanandani has shared a video of her recreating a scene from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, saying that talented people can make content on any platform. News18.com Last Updated: July 7, 2020, 10:07 AM IST Anita Hassanandani was one of the most frequent users of TikTok, until the app got banned in India along with several other Chinese apps. The actress kept her fans entertained with funny videos on the app, sometimes involving her husband Rohit Reddy. She used to share the TikTok…

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Online Searches For TikTok and Others Drop Sharply After India’s Ban on Chinese-owned Apps: Report

The Indian government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese owned apps has impacted online searches for those apps. A study found that on the June 29, the day the ban was imposed there was a 229 percent increase in the number of searches for Tik Tok and a 255 percent increase in the number of searches for WeChat. On the same day, the percentage increase in the number of times apps like Weibo, Shareit, and UC Browser were 57, 78, and 82 percent, respectively, reveals a study by SEMrush. The following…

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TikTok Distances Itself from Beijing in Response to India’s Ban on Chinese App

Image for representation (Reuters) In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. Reuters New Delhi Last Updated: July 4, 2020, 7:37 AM IST Social media app TikTok distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters. In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th…

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Facebook is Shutting Down Its Failed TikTok-inspired Video App Lasso This Month

Social networking giant Facebook is killing its TikTok-inspired video app Lasso which was launched last year. Facebook has started sending notifications to users telling them that the app won’t be usable after July 10 and advising them to download any videos they want to keep, The Verge reported on Thursday. Like TikTok, Lasso allowed users to shoot up to 15-second long videos and overlay popular songs. Lasso was available in Colombia, Mexico, the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Uruguay as of February. Facebook is…

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Chingari, a desi alternative to Chinese TikTok, crosses 10 million downloads on Google Play Store | Apps News

Bengaluru: Social app Chingari, a desi alternative to Chinese TikTok, on Friday said it has crossed 10 million downloads on Google Play Store and content creators are making a beeline to join the app. It is now among the top two free apps on Play Store for more than a week now. “Our retention numbers and the app’s daily engagement time are also witnessing a solid increase. Our team is working round the clock to provide all our customers with a seamless experience,” said Biswatma Nayak, Co-founder. Earlier, the app…

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TikTok’s Parent Company ByteDance Predicts Loss of Over $6 Billion Following India’s Ban on Chinese Apps

ByteDance logo (Pic Source: Reuters) The ByteDance apps banned were its short video platforms TikTok and Vigo Video, as well as its social networking app Helo. PTI Last Updated: July 3, 2020, 7:47 PM IST Chinese tech giant unicorn ByteDance Ltd. is anticipating a loss of over USD 6 billion after three of its apps, including the hugely popular video app TikTok, were banned by India this week, a media report here said. Besides Tiktok, India banned on Monday 58 other apps with Chinese links, including the popular…

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TikTok Doesn’t Want to Challenge Chinese Apps Ban, Wants to Work with Government

Image for representation. TikTok has clarified that it is not pursuing a legal recourse against the ban on the service imposed by the government of India. News18.com Last Updated: July 2, 2020, 6:38 PM IST TikTok has refuted reports that suggested that the company was looking to contest the ban on 59 Chinese apps as imposed by the government of India. Instead, a company spokesperson has confirmed that TikTok now aims to work with government suggestions and directives, with regards to data protection and security. This falls in…

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Google Says Banned Chinese Apps Have Been Blocked Temporarily For Now

Google on Thursday said it has temporarily blocked access to those apps that were still available on the Play Store in India even after the government banned on 59 apps this week. “While we continue to review the interim orders from the Government of India, we have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India,” a Google spokesperson said. However, the spokesperson did not disclose details of the apps that Google had blocked. According to sources, developers…

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Zee5 to launch HiPi short video platform after India bans China’s TikTok | India News

New Delhi: The recent ban on TikTok and 58 other mobile applications by the Government of India has resulted in boosting the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative as Zee5, the online video streaming over-the-top (OTT) media service has announced to launch a ‘short video’ platform for the content creators in India. Stay tuned for India’s favourite creator platform, coming soon on ZEE5.#comingsoon #ugc #ZEE5 #creator #content #videos #vocalforlocal #madeforindia pic.twitter.com/LlLjrUX5yX — ZEE5 (@ZEE5India) July 1, 2020 Zee5 said that the name HiPi comes from the vision of a youthful and carefree planet…

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Here’s How You Can Download Your Videos and Data

Image for representation. TikTok is going to be banned in the country indefinitely, but you can salvage some of your data including videos. News18.com Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 11:23 AM IST TikTok is one of the most popular apps that recently got banned by the Indian government. As per a release from the Ministry of Electronics and IT, a total of 59 apps under the provisions of Section 69 of the IT Act, as well as provisions of the IT rules 2008, saying, “in view of information…

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Facebook to Shut Down Its Pinterest-like Experimental App Hobbi From July 10

Image for Representation. (Reuters) Facebook has said that its NPE Team keeps experimenting with apps and shut down those which do not get traction among the users. IANS Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 10:28 AM IST Facebook has reportedly decided to shut down its short-form content creation app Hobbi on July 10. Hobbi took cues from Pinterest and let users organise photos in a visual diary of sorts. The app first arrived on iOS in February from Facebook’s internal R&D group, the NPE Team. “Hobbi users have now…

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