5 apps that made headlines in 2020
5 apps that hit the headlines in 2020
- Widely used apps like TikTik and PUBG Mobile by ByteDance have been banned in India
- Zoom made it big despite being mired in controversy
Life got out of hand when social distancing became the new norm this year thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic. One of the biggest challenges for many was working from home and adjusting to the new normal. While video conferencing apps like Zoom and its competitors made it big this year despite controversy, popular apps like TikTik and PUBG Mobile were banned in India on national security concerns.
At the end of the year, we’re bringing the list of five apps that made the headlines in 2020.
San Jose, California-based Zoom Video Communications became the video conferencing app of choice as working from home became the new norm. However, the central government stated that it was not a “safe platform” and advised government officials not to use official work amid the platform’s rising popularity in many countries, including India.
Zoom video meet app is not a secure platform and should not be used by government offices or officials, said an MHA advisor with the Cyber Coordination Center or CyCord.
Even though the immensely popular was previously banned in India, this year it was placed under a national ban citing a threat to sovereignty and integrity. The game is said to be extremely addicting and negatively affect players’ minds.
China’s popular short video app TikTik was banned by the Indian government in June. ByteDance’s own platform was blocked along with 58 other apps, most of which were Chinese. After the ban, the app was accessed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
TikTok hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after a face-off between a TikTok star and Youtuber began. The app was questioned repeatedly for poor moderation of content, despite having a large fan base in the country.
WeChat was one of the numerous Chinese apps banned by the central government. The Chinese super app ceased operations in the country and withdrew from India after the ban was issued. “According to Indian law, we are currently unable to offer you WeChat. We value each and every one of our users and data security and privacy are of the utmost importance to us, ”read a message WeChat sent to several Indian users after the ban.
The Alibaba Group-sponsored UC browser, which was one of the most popular mobile browsers and was pre-installed on several Chinese cell phones, was also banned in India. The central government decided to impose the ban because the browser was one of 59 apps that “posed a threat to the sovereignty and security of the country”.