Mitron removed from Google Play Store over 'copying' allegations

Multiple investigations revealed that Mitron, down to its source code, was the exact copy of another Pakistani app called TicTic

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 12:08 PM

Mitron app, which was projected as the “desi” alternative of TikTok app, has been removed from Google Play. Media reports say that the app has been suspended by Google for allegedly violating its spam and minimum functionality policies. It is alleged that the app is a complete copy of another on the platform. 

Google Play has a strict policy against apps that only provide the same experience as other apps on the platform. “Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” read the policy.

Reports say that Mitron was subjected to a thorough investigation, which revealed that the app’s source code is a complete copy of another Pakistan-based Android app TicTic.

Mitron has been mired in controversy after briefly enjoying a period of popularity, fanned by anti-Chinese sentiments in India. It was later revealed that it was developed in Pakistan by a company named Qboxus, which sold its source code for only Rs 2,500.

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