Downloads of local social apps in India surge

“Less than a year after banning dozens of Chinese social apps such as TikTok and WeChat, the Indian government is now starting to target American apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.” CNN March 9 According to a Japanese report, the Indian government recently not only began to impose strict restrictions on US Internet companies, but also asked Twitter to delete texts and block tags. After being rejected, it even threatened to imprison Twitter employees.

The Wall Street Journal recently quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying that the Indian government issued a written warning that certain employees of American social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter were stationed in India due to “not cooperating with the authorities in responding to the protests by Indian farmers.” Will face the risk of being arrested. The report also mentioned that India is formulating new regulations such as a “complaint resolution mechanism” to regulate the aforementioned Internet companies. Due to controversy over India’s agricultural reform laws, Indian farmers have been holding protests since the end of last year, and they have lasted for more than 100 days. According to the Wall Street Journal, India’s threat is to “suppress farmers’ protests” on the one hand, and to gain far-reaching influence on foreign technology platforms on the other.

“While taking actions against American companies, the Indian government is fostering a local Internet social media platform.” The CNN report emphasized that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some officials are eagerly touting a domestic social network platform Koo. According to statistics from the statistical agency, Twitter has accumulated 4.2 million downloads in India over the past year, and Koo has 3.3 million downloads, but Koo’s total number of downloads surpassed Twitter in February this year. CNN said that the Modi government is trying to build its own Internet and encourages Indian apps to position themselves as “more suitable for users in the country.”