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Alibaba's UC Web starts retrenchment of employees in India, also ceases operations after ban

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UC Web lays off employees, suspends operations in India amid ban on Chinese apps

new Delhi. Following the ban on 59 Chinese apps on June 29 amid the India-China border dispute, affected companies have begun retrenchment of employees in the country. These companies say that they are incurring heavy losses due to the ban. UC Web, a subsidiary of China's Internet-based giant Alibaba Group, which operates UC Browser and UC News, has begun retrenching 90 percent of its workforce in the country. UC Web currently has 350 employees in India. UC Web has already closed its operations, which has led to layoffs in its Gurugram and Mumbai offices. This company is included in the list of banned Chinese apps.

A UC Web spokesperson said that we have complied with the government guidelines relating to 59 apps and discontinued the service. Earlier in a statement released on 7 July, UC Browser warned its Indian users that their data could no longer be used after 10 July. The statement said that we will follow the recent government guidelines, which may affect our service. Please remove your important data from UC app and keep it safe in your device, this will not happen after 10 July 2020.

On the other hand, TikTalk, owned by Chinese content giant BiteDance, suffered the most from the ban, as it had 120 million users in India before the ban. According to the Chinese government newspaper Global Times, ByteDance will lose about $ 6 billion, as it has three apps out of the banned 59 apps.

Sources said that UC Web has verbally informed all its employees about layoffs and a minimum of 30 days notice is being given to all. The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese apps including TicTalk, UC Browser, UC News, WeChat, ShareChat after the border dispute with China. UC Webb has sent a letter to some of its employees on July 15 informing them of their job.

UC Web has been operating in India since 2009 and here it was operating the mobile browser UC Browser and News aggregation service UC News. UC Browser has more than 43 crore users worldwide, of which 130 million users are in India. It has 100 employees and hundreds of third-party employees. UC Browser is the second major mobile browser in India after Google Chrome. It had a 10 percent market share in June.

This post was published on July 18, 2020 8:47 pm

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