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Google axes ‘Remove China Apps’ citing policy violations

Little is known about the app, except that it had been developed by a firm named OneTouch AppLabs, based out of Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to sources, two developers were involved in building the app, which has over the last two weeks been popularised & endorsed by some of India’s leading right-wing activists online.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2020, 06.07 PM IST
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Amid India-China face-off, Google delists 'Remove China' app citing 'privacy concerns'
Amid India-China face-off, Google delists 'Remove China' app citing 'privacy concerns'
BENGALURU: On Tuesday, an app that had been downloaded by at least 5 million Indian Android users was taken down by Google Play Store citing policy violations. The takedown of Remove China Apps, which made headlines over the last week by promising to recognise and uninstall popular Chinese apps like TikTok, ShareIt, Helo and CamScanner, as well as some lesser known ones, came close on the heels of yet another popular app — TikTok clone Mitron — being removed from Play Store for similar violations.

Little is known about the app, except that it had been developed by a firm named OneTouch AppLabs, based out of Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to sources, two developers were involved in building the app, which has over the last two weeks been popularised and endorsed by some of India’s leading right-wing activists online.

Sources told ET that the developers built the app “out of their own interest” and applied to Google Play Store for approval on May 17. The app published on the Play Store on May 20, the sources said. As of Wednesday though, the Android application package or APK of the app was available on other websites, technically making it available for downloads despite the Play Store ban. Google confirmed to ET that the app had been removed, pointing to its blog post elaborating on why it was taken down.
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