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  • Making a social media app for India is hardHarveen Ahluwalia
    Making a social media app for India is hard

    “Uninstall China Apps. TikTok, PUBG, Helo, Shareit, UC Browser, Vigo Video, Beauty Plus, Cam Scanner, Club Factory, Zoom. China is earning crores of money per day by above apps. You should uninstall these apps as soon as possible from your mobile & ask 10 friends to do the same. Shall we start this from today? This challenge makes sense in the current situation. Accept the Challenge! ... #BoycottChina…We must...if we can. I did my bit.”

    That’s from a WhatsApp forward that had made its way to one of our newsletters a couple of months ago. What seemed like a feat of delusion back then is now a reality. On Monday, the government of India, citing data security reasons, banned 59 mobile apps made by Chinese companies, including social media apps TikTok, Likee, Helo, Bigo Live and Vigo, file-sharing app Shareit, e-commerce apps Shein and Club Factory, mobile game Clash of Kings and image-scanning app CamScanner.

    In the past three days, I have spoken to a bunch of people in the tech and media business about this ban and, unsurprisingly, not one said that there is any substance to this order.
  • Mickey Mouse and TikTokAshish K. Mishra
    Mickey Mouse and TikTokThe Walt Disney Company doesn’t want to be in bed with TikTok anymore. Globally. Last month, Disney sent out an internal note, a copy of which The Morning Context has seen, saying that it is putting on hold all advertising and campaigns on the platform, till further notice. In the email the company said that the global privacy team has flagged several concerns with the platform, and so there must […]
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