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Remove China Apps taken down: Google explains why the app is removed from Play Store

Earlier this week, Remove China Apps was taken down from Google Play Store. This was soon after the so-called India rival for TikTok -- Mitron app -- has been removed from Play Store. Indianexpress.com was the first to discover the removal of Remove China Apps application from Play Store.

Written by Sneha Saha | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2020 4:27:18 pm
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Earlier this week, Remove China Apps was taken down from Google Play Store. This was soon after the so-called India rival for TikTok — Mitron app — has been removed from Play Store. Indianexpress.com was the first to discover the removal of Remove China Apps application from Play Store. Google has now responded to the matter and said, “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”.”

The blog post further stated, “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.”

If you have the Remove China Apps application already downloaded on your phone it will still work for you.

READ | Mitron app removed from Play Store, here’s why

As the name suggests, Remove China Apps application lets users delete all applications on their phones that are developed in China. It scans the user’s device and lists the apps with China as their origin. The app also lets users decide which Chinese app they want to keep or remove.

Over one million people in India installed the application on their phone with the aim to delete Chinese apps present on their smartphone. In fact, until Tuesday morning it was the top-free app on Play Store.

READ full report here | Remove China Apps: What is it?

Explaining how the app works Satyajit Sinha, a cybersecurity researcher at Counterpoint told indianexpress.com earlier that the Remove China Apps app just identifies the app developer’s country of origin by comparing it with the repository database of apps developed in China.

Sinha had also said the app is safe to use and one shouldn’t worry about downloading it on their Android smartphone. “The app scan focused on the installed android application package (APK) only. Hence, it doesn’t affect any change in stored personal data,” he explained to indianexpress.com.

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