Now, TikTok rival apps in India offer to hire fired employees from Bytedance

Now, TikTok rival apps in India offer to hire fired employees from Bytedance
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  • ByteDance fired hundreds of employees in India, as the ban on Chinese apps including the company’s popular app TikTok remains banned in the country.
  • Looking at it as another opportunity to grow, TikTok rival apps in India have said they are open to hiring employees from the Chinese giant ByteDance who were let go.
  • Startups like Bolo Indya, Chingari have opened doors for former employees of ByteDance.
On Wednesday morning, ByteDance fired hundreds of employees in India, as the ban on Chinese apps including the company’s popular app TikTok remains banned in the country. And once again, Indian short video apps are here to the rescue.

Looking at it as another opportunity to grow, TikTok rival apps in India have said they are open to hiring employees from the Chinese giant ByteDance who were let go.

Bolo Indya said that it will ramp up its team by recruiting people from the Bytedance platforms like Tiktok and Helo for various profiles including business development, user engagement, product management, community management, content strategy, content moderation functions, along with VP and AVP positions.

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"It is unfortunate to see Indian talent in a fix as a result of Chinese app ban in India. Indians working in these companies are highly talented, enthusiastic, committed, and passionate to create a positive impact. We look forward to onboard quite a few of them where there is a strong cultural fit as well and have them as part of our journey to empower content creators to transform social capital to financial independence, and at the same time ensure a high user delight in consuming content on the platform,” said Varun Saxena, CEO and Founder Bolo Indya.

Another startup that opened up its doors for ByteDance employees is Chingari. Sumit Ghosh, co-founder of Chingari, took to Twitter to announce the same.


TikTok was banned in late June by the Indian government, as were 58 other Chinese apps in the middle of rising tensions at the India-China border. Soon after, over hundred other Chinese apps were banned in the country over privacy and data concerns.
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As soon as India banned Chinese apps on June 29, Chingari began to get 100,000 downloads per hour and has crossed over 10 million in downloads on Google Play Store – while also adding 3-4 million users per day in July, 2020.

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