Robert Sawatzky
Jul 2, 2020

Singapore's Bigo Technology awaits clarity after being hit by Indian app ban

Video apps 'Bigo Live' and 'Likee' are being removed from India's Google Play and App Store.

Singapore's Bigo Technology awaits clarity after being hit by Indian app ban

Singapore's Bigo Technology, the maker of livestreaming social app 'Bigo Live', along with short video creation program 'Likee' and video communication platform Imo, has released a statement saying it respects the Indian government's order to block 59 apps including Bigo Live and Likee.

The company says it is still awaiting clarity but will remove the app from India's Google Play and App Store. Bigo stressed it complies with all local laws and that user privacy and security is an "utmost priority".

While most of the newly-banned 59 apps were produced by Chinese-owned companies, Bigo's statement underlined that the company is Singapore-based. 

According to its website, Bigo has more than 30 offices and six R&D centres around the world including Gurgaon and Mumbai in India.  It claims to have more than 330 million monthly active users of its apps and products in more than 150 countries. 

Here is Bigo's statement in full (it released a similar statement on behalf of Likee): 

 

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