Google clarifies why it removed some apps from the Play Store

Sameer Samat, VP, Android and Google Play, stated that the apps have been removed for violating the company's policies and that platform has removed such errant apps from other countries in the past

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 6:21 PM
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Google has been in the news for taking down two apps in recent days – Mitron and Remove China Apps. While the former was removed over allegations of copying, the latter was booted for violating some of Google’s company policies.

The move invited criticisms from Indian netizens against Google on social media, with many accusing the tech giant of colluding with China.

In light of these events, Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, issued a statement on behalf of the company to set the record straight.

He stated that Google Play’s global policies were designed to provide a secure experience for consumers and a platform for developers to build their businesses.

Samat wrote: “Earlier this week, we removed a video app for a number of technical policy violations. We have an established process of working with developers to help them fix issues and resubmit their apps.  We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up on Play.”

He also wrote that Google Play recently suspended a number of apps that violated its policies. Samat categorically mentioned that the company won’t allow an app that encourages or incentivises users to remove disable third-party apps or modify device or feature settings, seemingly alluding to ‘Remove China App.’

He also added: “This is a longstanding rule designed to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation. 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. We’ve enforced this policy against other apps in many countries consistently in the past - just as we did here.”

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