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Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Sharechat have been the direct beneficiaries of the ban on Chinese appsBI India
The increase in time-spent is the direct result of the ban of 59 Chinese apps in India
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Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Sharechat see substantial increase in time-spent after the ban on Chinese apps: Kantar

The increase in time-spent is the direct result of the ban of 59 Chinese apps in India
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  • A report by Kantar stated that following the ban on Chinese apps, Average Time/Day on Instagram more than doubled (2.3X), and Facebook too saw a significant 35% jump in time-spent on the platform.
  • Sharechat witnessed a 2.5X increase in time spent on its platform.
  • YouTube saw a 25% increase in time-spent.

As a result of the Government of India banning 59 popular Chinese Apps, data, insights and consulting company Kantar’s Web Audience Measurement (WAM) panel has revealed that there has been a significant increase in time spent by audiences on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Sharechat.

Summarizing the learnings, Akhil Almeida, Vice President (Insights), Kantar, said, “Although consumers lost access to some of their favourite short-form video sharing apps, the bulk of consumers switched over to alternate platforms in an almost seamless manner. We saw that overall time-spent online was not as strongly impacted as one might have expected, given the size and scale of the affected platforms.”

Some of the key learnings from the report are:

Impact on Engagement

The app-ban impacted platforms with a sizeable following. Given that users were spending hours every week across these platforms, one would have expected to see a dip in the overall time spent online once these platforms were no longer accessible. However, the average time-spent dropped only marginally (-6%), indicating that consumers were switching over to rival platforms much faster than anticipated.

Big wins for rival platforms

Instagram and Facebook saw an immediate increase in engagement.

Average Time/Day on Instagram more than doubled (2.3X), and Facebook too saw a significant 35% jump in time-spent on the platform with the bulk of this additional engagement being driven by smaller town consumers.

Among the youth audience aged below 24 yrs., Avg. Time/Day on Instagram grew by 35%

Sharechat, India’s very own video sharing platform which focuses content around regional languages also witnessed a 2.5X increase in time spent.

This has primarily been driven by the younger faction of internet audience (aged below 24 yrs.). They have more than tripled (3.4X) their Avg. Time/Day on Sharechat since the ban came into effect.

YouTube is still KING

The most impressive gain was seen on YouTube. Already the most popular digital video platform in the country, it saw a further 25% increase in time-spent!

OTT also gets a boost

Other players also enjoyed their fair share of rise in engagement levels. Hotstar, India’s leading Video OTT player saw their daily time spent grow by over 25%. Time spent in the video OTT space grew by 40% overall once the ban was imposed.

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