Mitron app removed from Google Play Store: Here's why

Yolanda Curtis
June 3, 2020

Further, the report also adds that "copying content from other apps without adding any original content or value" is also against Google Play Store policies.

A report published on TechCrunch says the app was removed under Play Store's deceptive behaviour policy which states that developers can not make changes to a user's device settings or features outside of the app without the user's knowledge and consent.

As of now, there is no clear information about how the app identifies Chinese apps. For example, there were at least 14 other apps available on Google Play Store as of Monday evening, whose names were quite similar to "Mitron" with very minor variation, offering similar or different kinds of services. In recent times, the ByteDance-owned TikTok faced public ire in India for removing a video created by an acclaimed influencer. In the Privacy, Security and Deception category, clauses that Remove China Apps may have violated include failure for limitation of data, certain sections of device and network abuse, deceptive behaviour, spam and minimum functionality, and policy enforcement as well. The Play Store listing says that it was "being developed for educational purposes only". "There are at least 500 developers selling source codes for popular apps like Instagram, Tinder, Uber etc". This is an underwhelming achievement in contrast to its grandiose statement claiming it has "experience of 8+ years in mobile and web application design, development and management".

Following his advice, model and actor Milind Soman announced he will no longer use Chinese video-making app TikTok. How about a Chinese subsidiary that operates a fully localized team overseas? This was, however, changed a few hour later, with the app adding a privacy policy under the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act ) privacy rights. It can not identify pre-installed Chinese apps on any smartphone. However, the mode of operation of the app was said to be by comparing a pre-defined list of app and developer names that were flagged as Chinese. The app had a simple interface and would scan your phone for apps made by Chinese developers.

Many are wary of rising anti-China sentiment overseas. It became instant hit in India after being launched in April and reportedly had over 5 million downloads.

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