Amarcast Tech News Update 9th July 2020: Indian news channels banned in Nepal, video app Triller takes the number one spot in app store in India
1. All Indian news channels except Doordarshan banned in Nepal: India-Nepal ties have been somewhat strained in recent times. From passing a constitutional amendment to redraw the national borders, to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli obliquely alleging that India was playing a role in efforts to unseat him — ties with the neighbouring country has not been in the best of states.
Against this backdrop, on Thursday, reports came in suggesting that signal for Indian news channels have been switched off in Nepal. News agency ANI quoted Nepali cable TV providers to report that signals for Indian news channels have been switched off in the country.
2. TikTok took down 49 million videos for content violations in just six months last year: The videos represented less than 1 percent of all videos uploaded to TikTok during that time period. TikTok says they were pulled for violations of either the app’s community guidelines or terms of service. In December, the company says a quarter of content removals were for “adult nudity and sexual activities.” Another quarter of the videos were removed for “depicting harmful, dangerous, or illegal behavior by minors,” such as drug use. Harassment and hate speech made up a small number of the takedowns, just 3 percent and 1 percent of the total videos respectively.
3. Over 15 million in India use WhatsApp Business app every month: WhatsApp on Thursday said it has over 50 million users of its business app globally, of which more than 15 million are in India. The Facebook-owned company, which had launched WhatsApp Business in 2018 to facilitate communication between businesses and customers, is also introducing new features like QR codes and catalog sharing to help companies get discovered. “As businesses across the world prepare to reopen and expand online, people need simple ways to get in touch with them to ask questions, get information or find something they might like to buy. Today we support more than 50 million WhatsApp Business app users,” WhatsApp said in a statement. In India, there are more than 15 million WhatsApp Business users every month, the company said.
4. Twitter’s job listing had initially stated that it could be working on a subscription platform codenamed Gryphon. The job listing stated that Gryphon was a team of web engineers who is collaborating with the Payments team and Twitter team. The company stated that it was looking for a full-stack engineer to lead the payment and subscription team. The job listing stated that Twitter is working on the potential subscription platform for the first time but did not clarify how the social media platform would go about it, as reported first by The Verge. New subscriptions could mean exclusive content for Twitter users who are ready to pay a little extra. There was, however, an update on the listing which states that Twitter is looking for Android engineers to work on components that allow for experimentation “to deliver the best experience possible to all of our users. Through the decisions you make and the code you craft, all Twitter users will be more conscious about their thoughts and feelings as well as the world around them.”
5. US-based short form video app Triller takes the number one spot for Photo & Video on the App Store in India, after last week’s TikTok ban. Last week saw TikTok and 58 other Chinese-owned apps removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This ban reportedly lost ByteDance $6bn in revenue, with TikTok having invested $1bn in the market. India was TikTok’s top region for downloads with 611m downloads in the country. Triller has hit number 1 in the iOS App Store without spending a dime on marketing. We surpassed youtube and instagram in the IOS App Store in a single week.