Video sharing social networking application, Chingari an alternative to TikTok surpassed 10 million downloads on Goolge PlayStore. The sudden spike in downloads comes after the Indian Government banned TikTok over data security issues.
Chingari founded by programmers Biswatma Nayak and Siddharth Gautam allows users to download and upload videos, chat with friends, interact with new people, share content and browse.
The reason why the application has grabbed many eyeballs is because it operates in multiple Indian languages.
TikTok was blocked on Google and Apple app stores in India after New Delhi last week listed it among the 59 apps which it believed posed a “threat to sovereignty and integrity”.
With more than 600 million downloads, India has accounted for 30% of TikTok’s 200 million downloads worldwide so far. ByteDance last year hired several senior executives and laid out plans to invest $1 billion in India, its top growth market.
TikTok said in a statement India had invited the company to respond to the ban and submit clarifications, adding that it complies with all data security and privacy requirements. It did not comment on the fate of its expansion plan.
Many TikTok users posted videos expressing their displeasure before the app stopped showing content in India.