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Google removes ‘Mitron’ and ‘Remove China Apps’ over anti-China sentiment on playstore

After removing the controversial Mitron app from the Play Store, Google has now deleted ‘Remove China Apps’ from the platform as well.

This is the 2nd app that was gaining traction from the anti-Chinese sentiment amid the pandemic that Google has taken down this week.

Google can be seen working like a servant and dog for the Chinese Communist Party.

Remove China Apps‘ had over five million downloads before it was taken down. The app would scan your phone for apps made by Chinese developers.

Remove China Apps claimed to delete all apps coming from Chinese developers from your phone.

The app’s developers OneTouchAppLabs confirmed that it’s no longer available on Android via their Twitter account.

We have written to Google for a statement on the removal. The story will be updated to reflect the same when we hear from them.

The developers website seemed to hav been registered less than a week ago

A report by Techcrunch says that the app was removed because of Google’s Deceptive Behaviour Policy for apps on the Play Store. “We don’t allow apps that attempt to deceive users or enable dishonest behaviour including but not limited to apps which are determined to be functionally impossible,”

Google says in its policy. “Apps must provide an accurate disclosure, description and images/video of their functionality in all parts of the metadata and should perform as reasonably expected by the user”.

The policy also disallows apps from mimicking “functionality or earnings from the operating system or other apps”, which is perhaps the problem with this one. By scanning a user’s phone and deleting apps, Remove China Apps could be taking over functionality meant for the operating system.

The policy is different from the one cited for removing Mitron. That app was removed for violating Google’s Spam and Minimum Functionality policy.


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