INTRO: Chinese companies have begun to lay off employees in their Indian workforce after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps. According to Reuters, Alibaba’s UCWeb has informed some employees about their termination on the 15th of July.
“This termination is on account of the ban imposed by the govt of India on UCWeb and Vmate, hampering the company’s ability to continue providing services in India,” reads the letter seen by Reuters.
With over 130 million active users in India, UC Browser was one of the foremost commonly used web browsers within the country. According to the report, the corporate had 100 employees and many third-party workers in India.
UCWeb said during a statement that it’s stopped services within the country to suits the government’s order. However, the company did not clarify whether the services would be reinstated later. On the opposite hand, popular apps that got banned like TikTok and Mi Community have issued statements saying they’ve temporarily stopped services.
In the meantime, banned online shopping platform Club Factory has informed Indian sellers its plans to invoke a “force majeure” clause within the platform’s user agreement. With this, the corporate has decided to not process settlements until the ban gets revoked.
“We hereby wish to tell that each one settlement with sellers on the CF app and website are hereby being placed on hold until the ban of the CF app and website is lifted,” wrote Club Factory to sellers.
The Indian government has reportedly asked 77 questions – primarily regarding privacy policies and censorship to all or any the 59 banned apps. Merely every week after the Chinese app ban, the Indian Army ordered its personnel to delete 89 apps. When asked, one among the officers was told to delete Facebook or quit the military.