Updated: June 3, 2020 6:02:04 pm
In just a matter of 24 hours, Google removed two viral apps — Mitron and Remove China Apps from Play Store downloaded by millions. The key reason behind removing the apps is that both violated Play Store’s policy, the tech giant confirmed. Google confirmed that Remove China Apps violated Google’s Deceptive Behaviour rules.
According to the Play Store rules, no app on Play store can encourage users to remove a third-party app which was the key idea behind the Remove China Apps. The app allowed users to find out China apps on their smartphones and then provided an option to instantly delete them.
Google’s policy reads, “We don’t allow apps that attempt to deceive users or enable dishonest behavior including but not limited to apps which are determined to be functionally impossible. Apps must provide an accurate disclosure, description, and images/video of their functionality in all parts of the metadata and should perform as reasonably expected by the user. Apps must not attempt to mimic functionality or warnings from the operating system or other apps. Any changes to device settings must be made with the user’s knowledge and consent and be easily reversible by the user.”
The Remove China Apps developed by Jaipur based startup OneTouchAppLabs took to Twitter to confirm the removal of the app from Google Play Store. The app developer noted that the Remove China Apps doesn’t in any way “promote or force people to uninstall any of the application(s)” and is developed only “for educational purposes only.”
In just 10 days the app was download by millions from Google Play store. People who have the app installed on their phones will still be able to use the application.
A cybersecurity expert had said that unlike Mitron, the Remove China Apps is safe to use and one shouldn’t worry about downloading it on their Android smartphone. “The app scan focused on the installed android application package (APK) only. Hence, it doesn’t affect any change in stored personal data,” expert had said.
Before Remove China Apps, the so-called TikTok rival Mitron was taken down from Google Play Store. The app was taken down by Google for violating its spam and minimum functionality policy. The same policy also mentions that ‘repetitive content’ or an app without adding any original content or value’ amounts to a violation. Mitron was a complete trip-off of TikTok.
Besides that, Mitron had several security issues.
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