Since the Indian government announced at the end of June that 59 Chinese mobile phone applications such as wechat and tiktok will be banned, local users of wechat in India have been unable to log in accounts and send messages. According to Indian media reports, the Indian government may later ban more Chinese mobile phone applications.
On the other side of the ocean, instagrams short video platform reels will be launched in the United States in August to counter tiktok.
Wechat users registered in India have been unable to send and receive information since July 25, according to Indian technology media entrackr.
After the ban, Indian users were unable to download wechat from the app market, but users who had installed wechat could still send and receive messages until last Saturday.
In addition to sending and receiving messages, some users have been unable to log in to wechat or have been automatically logged out since Saturday, and some users have sent out prompt messages on twitter when they try to log in.
According to Indian law, we are currently unable to provide you with wechat services, the message said. We value every user, and data security and privacy are very important to us. We are coordinating with the relevant departments and hope to restart the service in the future.
It is also reported that the affected wechat users are users registered with local mobile phone numbers in India, while users registered with Chinese mobile phone numbers can still use them normally.
In addition to wechat, 58 mobile applications have been disabled. Users can continue to download simplified versions of banned apps after the Indian government banned them. There was a surge in downloads of easy apps.
According to statistics, from June 29 to July 14, the simple version of the short video application like was downloaded 8.68 million times. The simple version of biglive, Hago, parallelspace, and vivavideo have all seen a surge in downloads.
However, these simple versions have been removed from Apples IOS platform, and some of them can be downloaded on Android platform.
After the official suspension of wechat, the Hindustan Times quoted government officials as saying that India may also ban more Chinese mobile phone applications. It is not clear which apps will be disabled.
The 59 banned apps account for about 5% of APP downloads on apple and Android platforms in India. One of the most popular is tiktok, which has more than 200 million active users in India.
In addition to India, the United States is also considering blocking tiktok for national security reasons.
White House chief of staff mark meadows previously said US officials were studying the national security risks posed to the United States by applications such as tiktok and wechat. Although there is no time limit for the study, conclusions may be reached within a few weeks.
In the first half of this year, tiktok was the second most downloaded mobile app in the United States. Tiktok has been downloaded more than 180 million times on Apples app store and Google play in the United States. As of last year, the number of tiktok users in the United States reached 37.2 million.
As the US election approaches, Trumps campaign has launched an advertising campaign on Facebook, saying tiktok has been monitoring users. Tiktok has denied the claim.
Last week, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and government affairs committee voted to ban the use of tiktok on government equipment. Next, the bill will go to a full Senate vote.
Affected by the possible ban in the United States, some of tiktoks large accounts began to close their accounts and move their content to other platforms.
Tiktoks competitors have offered various offers in an interview with Reuters, hoping to attract them to change jobs.
To encourage big names to stay at tiktok, tiktok announced last week that it would set up a $200 million fund to support original content creators in the United States.
Meanwhile, according to US media reports, companies led by equity investment firm general Atlantic and Sequoia Capital are in talks with US regulators to buy a majority stake in tiktok.
Tiktok has issued a statement and declined to comment on market rumors or speculation. Tiktok is confident of the long-term success of the platform and will announce its plans when there is a conclusion of progress, the statement said.
Instagrams short video platform reels will be launched in the United States in August. This month, reels was launched in India, after trial runs in Brazil, France and Germany.
Source: responsible editor of interface news: Wang Fengzhi_ NT2541