Mitron, the self-proclaimed 'Indian TikTok' that took social media by storm weeks ago before being suspended by Google, has crossed over 1 crore downloads on the Google Play Store. In a note shared with News18, Mitron's founder Shivank Agarwal has claimed that the app is “one of the fastest growing” on the Android store in India, and at the moment, is ranked above popular global short video social media platforms such as TikTok, or even the more holistic Instagram. However, while Agarwal and his colleague and Mitron's co-founder Anish Khandelwal may rejoice the new milestone, it remains important to note that the Mitron app seems far from failsafe and instantly trustworthy right now.
However, what’s a bigger giveaway is that Mitron has offered privacy redressals for its users under the European General Data Protection Rights – a clause that does not even apply to Indian citizens. This seems like a farcical addition, since Mitron’s entire pledge is that it is an ‘Indian’ app, built from scratch ‘by’ Indians and purposed specifically ‘for’ Indians. A prior report by CNBC-TV18 had found that before being suspended, Mitron had hastily added a privacy clause that fell under Californian law, which too was completely meaningless for Indian users. The continued addition of hasty privacy policies is a worrying trend, and shows that the makers of the app do not particularly take the privacy issues seriously.
So far, the interface of Mitron looks largely the same as what was present before. However, Khandelwal has claimed that they have pushed six updates over the past one month, hence making the app different from what it offered before. Going forward, Khandelwal says that a number of “additional features” would be launched to Mitron in the coming months. With this in sight, it will be interesting to see if the new updates improve the app on overall terms.