Google takes down ‘Remove China Apps’ from play store

Sneha Shah | Jun 3, 2020 17:40

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Google Play Store has removed the Android app ‘Remove China Apps,’ reportedly due to violation of app store policies. The app, developed by Jaipur-based ‘OneTouch App Labs,’ had crossed over 5 million downloads and emerged as one of the top trending apps on the Play store before being removed.

The ‘Remove China apps’ gained popularity among Indians since anti-China sentiment is at peak in the country for reasons including the COVID-19 outbreak and India-China border dispute. The app was published on Google Play on May 17 and enabled users to detect and easily delete apps which are developed by Chinese firms.

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As per a report, a Google spokesperson confirmed that the app has been removed due to violation of app store policies but he gave no further details. Another person familiar with the matter said that the software violated Google’s ‘Deceptive Behaviour Policy.’

Just few hours before ‘Remove China Apps’ was removed, the ‘Mitron app’ was also removed from for violating the store policies.