Mitron, a new short-video app, quickly became popular in India and has already
crossed over?5 million downloads?on the Google Play Store with an average rating
of 4.7 stars. The app, that?s rivaling TikTok in India, was known to be made and
launched by team alumni from IIT-Roorkee. However, a recentreport
[https://www.news18.com/news/tech/mitron-not-indian-tiktok-but-rebadged-pakistani-app-bought-for-rs-2500-exclusive-2643201.html] byNews18,reveals that Mitron app isn?t really made by a team of IIT-Roorkee
students but has been bought from a Pakistani company, Qboxus.

As per the report, Mitron app?s entire source code was bought from Qboxus along
with its features and the user interface. Irfan Sheikh, founder and chief
executive of Qboxus,told
[https://www.news18.com/news/tech/mitron-not-indian-tiktok-but-rebadged-pakistani-app-bought-for-rs-2500-exclusive-2643201.html] News18that Qboxus sold the source code of the app to Mitron?s promoter for $34
(~Rs 2,600) onCodeCanyon.

Sheikh said that Mitron developers have taken their exact product, changed the
logo and uploaded it on their store. He further added that the main problem is
the fact that people are calling Mitron an ?Indian? app although the developers
have not changed anything in the interface.

Thereport
[https://www.news18.com/news/tech/mitron-not-indian-tiktok-but-rebadged-pakistani-app-bought-for-rs-2500-exclusive-2643201.html] highlights that buying an app?s source code and putting a different name to it
is not illegal and Qboxus has developed several apps before that are clones of
popular apps including Instagram and Zomato. However, Mitron developers haven?t
changed the interface of the app at all and it doesn?t even have a privacy
policy, meaning, there?s no idea around what?s going on with user?s data.

The app primarily surged in popularity because of its ?made in India? tag. But,
now that it has been revealed that it?s bought from a Pakistani software
company, the app might see a downfall in its users and popularity.