The short-video app continues to be a scorching battleground in India. The Chinese language app ban coupled with the lockdown offered tailwinds for a lot of homegrown apps and gamers. Nonetheless, one of the crucial fashionable apps on Google Play with greater than 100 million installs is a brief video utility known as Snack Video. The app has been ruling the Play Retailer for a number of weeks and hit 100 million installs in August 2020, in accordance with AppBrain.
WHAT IS SNACK VIDEO?
Snack Video is an app developed by Symphony Tech Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based entity which is owned by Beijing Kuaishou Expertise. The father or mother firm Beijing Kuaishou construct a video platform in China known as Kuaishou or Kwai in 2018 with the purpose of competing with TikTok in China.
In response to a Financial Times report in September, Tencent-backed Kuaishou is now getting ready to boost $5 billion (at a valuation of round $50bn) in a Hong Kong itemizing.
Snack Video was developed as a world providing of Kwai in August 2019. Kuaishou can also be the corporate behind video-sharing app known as Zynn which was faraway from Apple’s App Retailer and Play Retailer for flouting guidelines and accusations of plagiarism.
THE APP BANS IN JUNE & JULY
Apparently, Kwai was listed quantity 3 on the primary listing of the 59 Chinese apps that were banned in June this yr by the federal government of India citing safety and privateness considerations.
This listing included a number of fashionable apps together with video-sharing app TikTok, file-sharing app SHAREit, UC Browser, messaging platform WeChat, amongst others. Tech giants Google and Apple blocked entry to all of the listed apps and eliminated it from their respective shops. This cleanup drive was adopted by one other spherical a month later in July, the place the federal government banned 47 extra apps, together with fashionable gaming app PUBG and numerous clones of the apps that have been banned beforehand.
Again then an official supply highlighted that if any app within the banned listing is discovered to be made obtainable by the corporate via any means to be used inside India, instantly or not directly, it might be construed as a violation of the government orders.
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Is Snack Video in violation of this order? Again in June Kwai introduced by way of an app notification that its providers will not be obtainable in India, in accordance with an Entrackr report in June.
Whereas the appliance was not obtainable on India’s variations of the Google Play Retailer, however the cell web site (http://www.kwai.com/) was pulled down simply right now. In response to digital coverage think-tank, Centre for Digital Financial system Coverage Analysis (C-DEP), up till yesterday when a person clicked on the Google Play Retailer icon on this cell website, it robotically redirected a person to Snack Video app’s Play Retailer web page.
Even now a easy search on Google Play Retailer will present you traces of Kwai even within the URL on the app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kwai.bulldog&hl=en_IN&gl=US).
C-DEP has now reached out to the Ministry of Residence Affairs and MEITY alleging that Snack Video is a mirrored providing of the banned utility Kwai in India. Within the letter despatched to the federal government, the think-tank has urged the federal government to “take motion as could also be essential on this space”.
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Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, C-DEP informed CNBC-TV18, “Within the curiosity of nationwide safety, the federal government had taken a a lot wanted step of banning apps from adversarial nations. Nonetheless, the character of digital is such that it’s simple to convey again such apps in numerous kinds, and hiding the nationality of the apps. It’s the responsibility of the civic society to flag such intrusions into the Indian app ecosystem.”
CNBC-Tv18 has reached out to Snack Video with queries by way of mail, however has not acquired any response but.