Recently, the Indian government decides to suspend 69 Chinese Apps due to the tensions at the border. Due to that yesterday, UC Web owned by Alibaba suspends India’s operations. It also lays off 90% of its total of 350 employees
Various employees across several levels of experienced, associate, entry-level positions are informed via video conferencing about the layoffs. These employees have a 30 days notice period.
On June 29, the Indian government decides to suspend several Chinese apps including Tik Tok, UC Browser, We Chat, Helo, etc. Among these, Tik too has the biggest user base with 200 million active users
A spokesperson belonging to UC Web says that they align with the government’s decision to block these apps. He didn’t announce any plans further.
On Thursday, the Indian employees who are working at Alibaba’s video blogging platform Vmate are also laid off. The UC Browser, owned by Alibaba has a user base of 430 million across the world. Out of them, 130 million are Indians.
The UC browser is the second most used browser in the country, next to Chrome.
India accounts for 5% downloads of all these banned apps in the Play Store and the App Store of iOS. Earlier to the ban, these Chinese firms announced their plans to expand their business and further invest in the country.
Tiktok and Helo’s parent company ByteDance announces that it is going to invest $1 billion in the country. Alongside, UC Browser announces the plans regarding launching an e-commerce store and also sell movie tickets
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