Google Takes Down ‘Remove China’ App in India

Yolanda Curtis
June 6, 2020

With the scrapping of Mitron and Remove China Apps from its Play Store gaining a lot of attention in India, Google on Thursday said that it removed a video app "for a number of technical policy violations", while adding that it also does not allow an app that "encourages or incentivizes users into removing or disabling third-party apps". Interestingly, yesterday only Google India had posted a blog explaining why the app was removed.

Remove China Apps, as the name suggests, held the premise of deleting all China-made apps from user's phones.

Mitron, the video-sharing app that shot to fame as 'India's answer to TikTok' before being pulled from Google Play Store, has made an official comeback.

Mitron is now available on Play Store once again.

The service looks pretty much similar to the version that got removed, but there are some important changes, largely aimed at allaying the privacy concerns people may have in connection to the app.

-Mitron was the first among the two apps to be removed from Google Play since it violated the guidelines.

Accoridng to news reports, the primary issue with the Mitron app was that its Indian developers didn't make changes to the app after purchasing its source code from Pakistani software company Qboxus.

However, the internet giant also issued a statement clarifying that it has given Mitron's developer some guidance to help them fix the known issues and resubmit their app for Play Store listing.

What's also interesting here is that the earlier listing of the app on the Play Store didn't have a link to a functional website of the developer. While it's perfectly fine for the makers of Mitron app to use that source code to build and sell something as their own product, Qboxus had raised an issue since the so-called "desi" app brought no extra value on top of what a certain TicTic already did. "It's a direct copy of TicTic app", said Sheikh in the interview. When apps are allowed to specifically target other apps, it can lead to behavior that we believe is not in the best interest of our community of developers and consumers.

Then, many security experts raised alarms over the fact that the app did not have a privacy policy, which could put the user's data into jeopardy.

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