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Indian languages made YouTube grow in India

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There are 450 million Internet users in India, and so it's an exciting time to be in the Asian country which has been on the radar for everyone at the video-sharing platform YouTube for the past two years, says Marc Lefkowitz, Head of YouTube Creator and Artist Development, Asia-Pacific.

 

There are 450 million Internet users in India, and so it’s an exciting time to be in the Asian country which has been on the radar for everyone at the video-sharing platform YouTube for the past two years, says Marc Lefkowitz, Head of YouTube Creator and Artist Development, Asia-Pacific.

 

“India has been on radar for everyone at YouTube for the past two years. It is an incredibly exciting time to be in India. The growth we have seen here is absolutely astounding. If you look at the numbers for India alone, it’s far outstripping a lot of other countries.

 

“There are 450 million Internet users in India which is an incredible number. As many as 390 million are active Internet users and we see continued amount of growth here,” Lefkowitz, who was here, told IANS in an interview.

 

 

Back in 2014, Google-owned YouTube was centered on the big Indian cities Delhi and Mumbai.

 

“Over the last two years, we have seen growth outside Delhi and Mumbai. We are seeing huge diversification of content. Initially, we thought that English and Hindi were major languages, but we are seeing growth in content in languages like Bengali, Tamil and Telugu.

 

 

“Interesting and unique content are coming out of areas that are outside of main cities.”

 

The amount of content uploaded on YouTube has increased a lot.

 

“We have seen a huge increase. It would take 100,000 years for you to be able to watch all of that content. Tremendous amount of content is uploaded in India,” he shared.

 

 

What kind of content is the most popular?

 

“We are seeing comedy, music and cooking. This year, we are seeing people are focussing on health, exercise and fitness. There are new verticals like do it yourself and helping people,” said Lefkowitz.

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