After taking down Remove China Apps and Mitron along with other apps from Google Play Store, the tech giant has finally clarified its action by stating that its digital media store has been designed to provide a safe and secure experience for its consumers while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses.
According to Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, “A number of recent app removals received particular attention in India and we wanted to clarify our actions. We 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.”
Without naming the app, Samat also added, “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.”
Stressing upon its longstanding rule designed to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation, an official blogpost by Google stated, “When apps are allowed to specifically target other apps, it can lead to behaviour 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.”
Hoping that this would help clarify the rationale behind these recent actions, Google thanked its 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.
The anti-China sentiments in India spurred after engineer-turned-reformer Sonam Wangchuk made an appeal to the citizens of Indian to boycott Chinese products and “stop virtually financing the current military bullying in Ladakh and the South China Sea.”
According to Wangchuk, “If we citizens are clever we should use our wallet power rather than leaving it totally to our armies to respond with their bullets. The bullet response is what China is looking for as it helps unite its angry citizens to forgive the mistakes and forget the economic hardships caused by the regime’s poor handling of COVID 19.”
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