After Mitron, Google Play Store takes down 'Remove China Apps'


New Delhi, June 3 (IANS): After removing the Mitron app, Google Play Store has now taken down the 'Remove China Apps' designed to help smartphone users identify applications of Chinese origin.

Offered by Jaipur-based OneTouch AppLabs, the 'Remove China Apps' was released on Google Play Store on May 17.

In a tweet late on Tuesday, OneTouch AppLabs confirmed that Google has "suspended" the app.

"Dear Friends, Google has suspended our #RemoveChinaApps from google play store. Thank you all for your support in past 2 weeks...," read the tweet.

It did not mention why the app was removed.

Google Play Store does not allow apps that "attempt to deceive users or enable dishonest behaviour".

OneTouch AppLabs published a disclaimer on its website that Remove China Apps was "being developed for educational purposes only ... we do not promote or force people to uninstall any of the application(s)."

However, users reported that the app helped them remove Chinese apps.

According to a report in TechCrunch, some users even found that the Remove China Apps flagged content with hardly any clear China link, including U.S. video conferencing tool Zoom.

The Remove China Apps became hugely popular in India as it crossed five million downloads from Google Play Store in just about 15 days since its launch.

It was even ranked No. 1 among the top free apps on Google Play.

The popularity of the app came amid border tensions between India and China in Ladakh and calls by Indian activists to boycott Chinese products.

The #BoycottChineseProducts campaign got a major boost after educator and innovator Sonam Wangchuk last week posted a YouTube video urging people to avoid Chinese goods.

Google on Tuesday removed another popular app, Mitron, from its Play Store for allegedly violating its spam and minimum functionality policy.

The removal of the app came soon after reports emerged that the Mitron app is a repackaged version of TicTic, which is a TikTok clone.

 

  

Comment on this article

  • John, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Google, Twitter, MSN, Youtube mainstream media in US are all left liberal democrats elites controlled who are also pro communist!

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Strange to see that clueless bhakts will download and use even Pakistan developed apps to support anti-China sentiments .

    Even our IT and Law minister gave support for 'Mithron' app developed by Pakistan and code copied word for word by an Indian. What more can you expect from an incompetent 'copy and paste' government ?

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    The top persons remain absolutely quiet on China...

    ...but the bottom layer come up with copy-paste quick solutions.

    This way, India will continue to remain at the bottom of the heap.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • Peace Maker, Udupi, Jubail, KSA

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Wow what a logic...
    China is manufacturing "Boycott China" T-Shirts in anticipation of great demand from India.

    DisAgree [7] Agree [17] Reply Report Abuse

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Where is Chowkidar ...

    DisAgree [12] Agree [27] Reply Report Abuse

  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Do you want Chowkidaar or Xi Jinping?

    DisAgree [24] Agree [9] Reply Report Abuse

  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Let chowkidar speak about china

    DisAgree [3] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • Felix Pinto, Koteshwara

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Chowkidar is currently working on getting his eyes red. His prime strategy is to show "laal ankhen" to China.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [6] Report Abuse


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