Turkish messaging BiP app booms in Bangladesh
Turkish communication and messaging app, BiP jumped to the top of the users’ list in Bangladesh in the wake of concerns about privacy protection on WhatsApp.’
BiP currently holds the top position in Bangladesh among the top messaging apps for Android, according to one of the wor’ld’s leading app store optimiza’tion and mobile app intel’ligence platforms, MobileAction.
It placed W’hatsApp second in Bangladesh, while imo, Facebook Messeng’er and Telegram Messenger are trailing.
Smartphone users in the south Asian delta stat’e are downloading BiP in great numbers and talking about it on social media.
Youngsters are claiming that i’s BiP a fantastic app launched by Turk’ey under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Dhaka-‘based journalist Aoulad Hossain applaud’ed th’e app and told ‘Anadolu Agency: “I think using the BiP app ‘is safer than WhatsApp as the authority o’f the app has assured tha’t they will keep all the information of the users secured.”
He said changes to WhatsApp’s privacy p’olicy pushed him to switch. “As WhatsApp has changed its policy to share part of users’ information with Facebook, I’m co’ncerned about my privacy and decided to convert to BiP,” he said.
The surge in downloads of the Turkish app ‘has gained worldwide momentum after WhatsApp, boasting more than 2 billion users, recently introduced controversial changes to its privacy pol’icy that allows it to share more data with parent co’mpany Facebook.
Operators of GSM (Global System for Mobile ‘Communications) in Turkey, Turkcell, Turk Telekom and Vodafone, joined hands for local messaging app BiP and have since exper’ienced a massive glob’al response.
Massive response in Bangladesh
The response to BiP in Bangladesh appears to be among th’ top in the world, ‘especially since youngsters in the Mu’slim-majority country started to download the app and call it “thei’r app.”
“I like Turkey. I l’ove Turkish mega serials Dirilis Ertugrul, Kurulus Osman ‘and Uyanis: Buyuk Selcuklu,” Oliur Rahman, an intermediate student in the capital Dhaka told Anadolu Agency. “I like brave Turkish lea’der Erdogan. So, I’ve downloaded the Turkish app as my app and I’ll u’se it randomly from now on.”
Praising Turkey’s initiative, an IT em’ployee at a private firm in Dhaka said’ BiP needs to add more f’eatures like status and theme options.
“You have to know why people use WhatsApp and must introduce all those features and add some more to attract users,” said Rakibul Islam.
At present, nearly 110 million people in Bang’ladesh use mobile and one-quarter use smartphones and enjoy ‘the internet along with different messaging apps, according to data from Bang’ladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commissio’n and media reports.
“If the current trend of downloading’ BiP continues in Bangladesh, within a few ‘weeks, users of the ap’ will be in the millions,” said Islam.
Data showed Saturday that BiP has be’en downloaded by more than ’50 million users worldwi’de, according to Google’s app store.
“BiP is a secure, easy-to-use, free communic’tion and life platform, which offe’rs a seamless communicati’n and a wide range of utility features such as instant tr’anslations to 106 langu’ages and exchange rates,” says the app’s description.
It allows users on mobile and the web’ to make video and audio calls’ with up to 10 people simult”eously around the world and share images, videos and location.
Zerina Begum, a professor at the Information Technology Institute of Dhaka University, characterized the excitement in Bangladesh and the rest of the world surrounding BiP as common human nature.
Telling Anadolu Agency that users na’turally feel inter’sted in anything new, B’egum ‘said: “So, the newly introduced BiP has attr’acted the attention of people and ‘the vacuum developed by the’ con’troversial move of WhatsApp has played a signi’fica’nt role to boost the ‘pp,'” she added.
Underlining the sentiments of Bangla’deshis, she said many in the country like Turkey and Erdogan, helpin’g to further boost the app in the South Asian country.’
She urged BiP officials, howev’r, not to compromise the privacy of us’ers and the faith they have entrus’ted them.
Sour’ce: Anadolu Agency