PM Modi's virtual meeting with Sundar Pichai to push India's FDI agenda
Greater investment in infrastructure through adding more data centres in India and giving a major push to the app ecosystem were some of the steps Google could undertake in India. Sources told ET that the PM might have virtual meetings with global leaders in the days and weeks to come.
Previously, China has expressed strong concern about the ban, which could hurt expansion plans and cost jobs, and said it may violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. None of the Chinese companies has yet mounted a legal challenge, with industry sources saying they were waiting for further clarity from the Indian government.
In the recent development where the Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG, Instagram and Truecaller to plug leakage of information. Truecaller spokesperson said it is an app of Swedish origin that considers India it's home.
Gaana, meanwhile, has launched a new platform — HotShots — which allows users to create and share short videos and stories with its audience base of more than 150 million. Gaana’s chief executive Prashan Agarwal said it is building on the expertise gained from its vertical video feature platform announced last year, to launch HotShots.
The apps include popular social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat. The questions come a week after the government, in an interim order, banned the 59 Chinese apps in the country owing to their activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
The apps that can’t cross the 'Great Chinese Firewall'
China, which sees itself as a civilizational force, keeps a digital distance from the world. While this has partly to do with censorship and control, it also gives a chance to domestic companies to thrive in the face of global competition. Here are some apps that are blocked in China.