After selling a firm to Alibaba that he established in 2013, Forrest Chen needed to look further than China for his next business enterprise. India was one of the nations on his list of possible markets, which comprised the U.K., the U.S., Thailand, and Indonesia.
“We rolled out NewsDog in 2015 in the U.S. and got 10,000 consumers but realized soon that withholding was bad due to so much rivalry,” claimed CEO of NewsDog, Chen, to the media. “That is when we made a decision to come to India, since the amount of digital media companies here were less and users were still employing conventional media.”
After rolling out in 2016 (first in English), NewsDog has 18 Million monthly active consumers and has extended to 10 Indian languages, making it one of the leading news applications in the nation. A slew of Chinese entrepreneurs and firms have quickly shifted to roll out mobile apps directly in India to grab the rapidly increasing next gen of Internet consumers.
Speaking of apps, a telecom sector lobby entity informed the DoT (Department of Telecommunications) that any decision to block popular applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram would amount to limiting freedom of speech. It pointed out that it was theoretically impossible to entirely block any application.
The COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) in a letter claimed that banning a complete app will likely invade on the freedom of expression and speech. And such a decision will be inconsistent and damage the constitutional rights of consumers all over the country.
In addition to this, the entire banning of any application that has billions of consumers all over the globe will stop all daily correspondence, communications, and commerce activities. Considering that various up-and-coming businesses have started to develop on communications applications and social media, this is very damaging.