The Indian app Remove China apps launched last month have been removed from the Google Play store. According to Google, the app has violated the Play Store Deceptive Behavior Policy. Under this policy, no app can make any change in the user’s device settings or in the feature outside the app, as well as not to incite the removal of any third-party app. The company went live on the Play Store on 17 May, which came to the limelight after escalating tensions between Indo-Chinese on the LAC border in Ladakh. It was specially designed to remove China-made apps from the phone, more than 5 million users downloaded this app.
Mitron App accused of Policy violation of ‘Spam and Minimum Functionality’
This is the second high profile app to be removed from the Google Play Store this week. The Friends app was also removed from the store a few hours before the removal of the Remove China apps. The Friends app had also received more than 5 million downloads due to anti-China sentiments. After which the Google Play Store removed the app alleging violations of the ‘Spam and Minimum Functionality’ policy.
The makers of the ‘Remove China app’ tweeted
The makers of the Remove China app, made by Jaipur’s OneTouch Labs, confirmed its removal from the Google Play store on Tuesday night by tweeting. The company reported that when a large number of people were using the Remove China apps to remove China-made apps, it was “not intended to encourage or force people to uninstall any applications” it was only used for educational purposes. Was developed for.
Average rating of ‘Remove China apps’ on Play Store 4.9 stars
The Remove China apps received a large amount of positive reviews on the Google Play Store, with an average rating of 4.9 stars. Its downloads also reached at anew levels soon after becoming popular on social media. The app’s quick growth suggested how a large number of smartphone users in India are looking for a solution to stay away from china produced apps. This clearly corresponds to the ongoing measures by the government to end its relations with China due to cross-border tensions.
Google gave its clarification on removal of ‘Remove China Apps’
Google confirmed that it has decided to remove the Remove China app for violating the Google Play Store’s deceptive behavior policy. The policy does not allow apps that encourage users to remove or uninstall third-party apps “and confuses users with removing or disabling third-party apps. However, Google did not provide further comment on the suspension. Refused.
Many apps, including TikTok, have already faced public resentment for being a Chinese platform. Conversely, the rise of anti-China sentiment initially helped TickTock Alternative Friends, which was initially considered an Indian app, although recent reports surfaced of buying source code with Pakistan. However, it was later removed from the Google Play stop for violating spam and repetitive content policies.