Popping out of nowhere, Mitron went viral overnight, capitalizing on its name that is a popular greeting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides, PM Modi’s latest ‘vocal for local’ initiative somehow provided a foundational ground to the app’s marketing. Mitron, which was promoted as a homegrown competitor to TikTok, in separate news, gained over 5 million installations and over 250,000 5-star ratings in just 48 days after being released on the Google Play Store. The app has even realed its version 1.2.12 just 2 days ago.
However, it turns out that the Mitron app has been developed in Pakistan and was sold for a mere Rs. 2,500 on CodeCanyon. Moreover, Mitron is basically the TicTic app developed by the Pakistani software development company Qboxus, only with a changed logo. Qboxus is selling it as a ready-to-launch clone for TikTok, musical.ly or Dubsmash like services.
In an interview, Irfan Sheikh, founder and chief executive of Qboxus, said “We expect our customers to use our code and build something on their own. But Mitron’s developer has taken our exact product, changed the logo and uploaded it on their store. There is no problem with what the developer has done. He paid for the script and used it, which is okay. But, the problem is with people referring to it as an Indian-made app, which is not true especially because they have not made any changes.”
Further, Mitron keeps the user data on its very own servers with no word on the privacy policies of the app and how the user data is used. Even further, there’s no way you can delete your Mitron account yourself. So, if you are among those 5 million who have already installed the app and given it access to your google account, revoke it!