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Social media platform Helo hits 4 cr users in India; has big plans for future
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Social media platform Helo hits 4 cr users in India; has big plans for future

Rishabh Pachory

IANS

Over the past few years, social media platforms have become a very natural thing. Everyone you know is on at least one such platform. Since there are already well established players in the field, it could be hard for a new platform to emerge and find its footing. Helo is one such app that aims at exactly that and is growing at a rather fast pace. The company has claimed over 4 crore new users in just Q1 of 2019.

Social media platform Helo, which hit four crore monthly active users in India at the end of the first quarter of 2019, is well on track to achieve 300 per cent growth this year, a top company executive has said. Owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, which also runs the TikTok app, Helo supports 14 Indian languages. The app was launched in India in June 2018.

"We are on target to achieve our target of 300 per cent growth in 2019, thanks to the overwhelming response we have received from our users speaking 14 Indian languages," Shyamanga Barooah, Head of Content Operations, Helo, said in a statement.

The app allows users to create text, photo or video-based content, and encourages users to make new friends, and share the latest and trending jokes, memes and quotes among others.

Helo said it uses Machine Learning technology and a team of content moderators to review and take down objectionable content in the 14 Indian languages available on the platform. The app removed 160,000 accounts and five million posts for violating its "Community Guidelines", Helo claimed.

"At Helo, the safety of our users is our utmost priority. While we understand that no social media platform can be 100 per cent free from issues around fake news or misinformation, the number of posts and accounts that we have taken down reflects the strength of our moderation capabilities," Barooah said.

"But our work does not end here. We are looking forward to further enhancing our guidelines and safety features to ensure that we remain the most trusted source in India for news and trending topics," Barooah added.