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    Privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo said that the search engine is accessible to users to search the internet in India days after the department of telecom blocked the platform.

    Besides Tiktok, India banned on Monday 58 other apps with Chinese links, including the popular UC Browser, for engaging in activities "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

    Advertisers expect budgets and campaigns to move to platforms like YouTube and Facebook’s Instagram from the Chinese app, but despite TikTok’s meteoric rise, media agency experts feel the move won’t make a big enough dent.

    The 59 apps, most of which have Chinese links, were banned by the government citing that they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

    "TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government," said Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok India.

    The short video-sharing app reached the milestone from 550,000 downloads in just ten days, the free social platform said in a statement. Prior to this, the app had garnered about 500,000 downloads in just about 72 hours.

    The $5 billion class action suit alleges that the tech giant and its parent Alphabet Inc collect user's data by tracking his activity on the web even in the private mode through apps and website plug-ins, a Reuters report said.

    On Thursday, Google clarified that it has an established process of working with developers to help them fix issues and resubmit their apps, and it has given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up.

    Popular Chinese apps TikTok, Helo, Bigo Live, Likee and PubG have seen downloads fall in India, one of their largest markets globally, as the border standoff between both the nations has amplified calls for boycotting Chinese products.

    Little is known about the app, except that it had been developed by a firm named OneTouch AppLabs, based out of Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to sources, two developers were involved in building the app, which has over the last two weeks been popularised & endorsed by some of India’s leading right-wing activists online.

    "...we don't allow an app that “encourages or incentivises users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security service”, Google said in a blogpost on Thursday.

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