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Google Play releases statementBI India
Mitron App might come back.

Google Play Store clarifies the rationale behind the recent removal of apps like Mitron and Remove China

Mitron App might come back.
  • After Google Play Store removed Mitron and Remove China Apps, Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, released a statement to clarify the rationale behind its decision.
  • However, Mitron App might come back on the e-store as the statement said they are in touch with the developers of a video app that was recently removed to help fix the issues and relaunch it on the Play.
  • Mitron App was suspended to encourage a ‘healthy, competitive environment.’
After Google Play pulled down Mitron app, a desi version of TikTok and 'Remove China Apps' that was designed to help identify applications of Chinese origin and uninstall them, Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play released a statement to clarify the rationale behind its decision.

The statement said that Google Play ‘removed a video app for a number of technical policy violations.’ It is now in touch with Mitron’s developers to help fix the issues.

“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,” said Samat.

On the other hand, Remove China Apps’ sole purpose was to delete other Chinese apps on your phone. To which, Samat said that Google Play wants to build a healthy competitive environment.

“We also recently suspended a number of apps for violating the policy that we don't allow an app that ‘encourages or incentivizes users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security service’. 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,” read Samat’s statement.

Highlighting Google Play’s vision and core purpose, he further went on to say, “Google Play was designed to provide a safe and secure experience for our consumers while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses. Our global policies were designed with that goal in mind. A number of recent app removals received particular attention in India and we wanted to clarify our actions. We hope this helps clarify the rationale behind these recent actions. We thank our developers for all the amazing work they do and our consumers for their continued support in helping to create a safe and secure mobile app ecosystem.”

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