Term, The fast-growing collaboration tool, which recently reached a valuation of $ 2 billion, announced on Monday that its service in China is blocked.
The productivity app has attracted numerous startups and technicians worldwide – including in China – who have launched their all-in-one platform that combines notes, wikis, tasks and teamwork. The four-year-old San Francisco app is widely regarded as a serious rival by Evernote. that started in 2004.
term said it was "monitoring the situation and will continue to post updates," but the timing of the ban markedly coincides with China's annual parliamentary session, which began last week after a two-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Internet regulation and censorship are usually exacerbated at important political meetings in the country.
The term could not be reached immediately for a comment.
For Notion and other apps that have become public in China but do not comply with local laws, an impending course of action is almost certain. The country's cybersecurity watchdog may find the free flow of Notion problematic when exchanging notes. Some users have even conveniently converted the user-friendly desktop version of the tool into personal websites. If Notion maintained its presence in China, it would have to bow to the same rules that govern all content creation platforms in China.
His predecessor Evernote, For example, a Chinese joint venture was founded in 2018 and a local edition published under the Yinxiang Biji brand, which has compromised functions and stores user data in China.
Rivalry in collaboration
Shortly before the ban in China, Notion rose to the most downloaded productivity app in domestic Android stores on May 21, according to data from App Annie's third-party providers. The sudden surge seems to be linked to his Chinese imitator Hanzhou (寒 舟), who has caused controversy in the developer community over his striking similarity to Notion.
In an apologetic post published on May 22, Xu Haihao, the brain behind Hanzhou and a former employee of ByteDance's document-sharing app, Shimo, admitted to "developing the Notion-based project."
"We were wrong from the start," wrote Xu. "But I didn't want to offend anyone. My intention was to learn from (Notions) technology. "As a solution, the developer said he would suspend Hanzou development and user registration.
Some of the largest technology companies in China are working for the workplace productivity industry, which has recently received a boost during the coronavirus crisis. Alibaba's Dingtalk claimed last August that more than 10 million companies and over 200 million individual users had registered on its platform. For comparison: According to WeChat Work from Tencent, more than 2.5 million companies and around 60 million active users were registered by December.