TikTok parent ByteDance planning to set up data centre in India


Going through strain from the Indian authorities to retailer information throughout the nation borders, Beijing-based ByteDance that owns the favored quick video-sharing app TikTok on Sunday stated it was planning to arrange an information centre in India. “As a testimony to ByteDance’s recognition of India’s efforts to frame a new data protection legislation, we taking a significant step towards establishing a data centre in India,” stated the startup, which additionally owns the social media platform Helo.

“We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within Indian borders,” it stated. It could take TikTok’s father or mother firm ByteDance 6-18 months to arrange the info centre at a value of $100 million, IANS reported. The funding might be a part of the corporate’s dedication to take a position $1 billion in India over three years.

With over 200 million customers, India is the most important marketplace for TikTok, the place it has additionally courted a number of controversies over the previous few month. The Ministry of Electronics and Data Know-how (Meity) has sought response from operators of TikTok and Helo on a set of questions, which embody if it was contemplating storing information in India, and the measures they have been taking to guard customers beneath 18 years from getting uncovered to probably harmful content material.

The social media platforms should reply by Monday or face a ban. “India is one of our strongest markets and we are happy to be part of the mainframe of Digital India in 15 Indian languages,” ByteDance stated. “Since the launch of our platforms in India, we have stored our Indian users’ data at industry-leading third-party data centres in the US and Singapore. We believe the time has come to take the next big leap,” ByteDance stated.

The Meity despatched discover to the operators on July 17 after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) arm Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) despatched a letter to the Prime Minister alleging that these social media platforms have been getting used for anti-national actions. The Ministry requested what person information in India was being collected by these platforms. It was additionally requested the rationale behind the minimal age restrict (13) to make use of TikTok in India when “a person below 18 is considered as child in the country”.

In an announcement, TikTok stated it welcomed the “opportunity to collaborate with the government to meet and exceed our obligations”. In April, the Madras Excessive Court docket had handed an interim order banning TikTok, citing inappropriate and pornographic content material. The ban was subsequently lifted. ByteDance now has a portfolio of functions out there in over 150 markets and 75 languages.


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