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Why Did Google Take Down ‘Remove China Apps’ From Its Play Store?

While it is no longer news that Google Play has taken down Remove China Apps software, the company has explained why it did so. The software had recently seen a surge in downloads but flouted many of Google Play Store rules.


The Indian software is designed to help Android users identify Chinese applications on their smartphones. However, it does not uninstall these apps by itself. By this week’s Monday, the app became the most downloaded free software on Google Play Store chart for the week. This sudden increase in popularity is traced to an India-China border standoff that happened at the end of May 2020.


Likely, citizens of India were trying to cut off software dependency on Chinese developers with the move. But as of the early hours of today, Google has taken the app down from its store. It did this despite the application having a nearly perfect rating of 4.8 stars. Why then did Google take down Remove China Apps from the Play Store?

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Google said that it took down Remove China Apps from the Play Store because it violated its policy on Deceptive Behaviour Policy. Gadgets 360 claims that the company had made this statement to it officially. What is Google Play Store’s Deceptive Behaviour Policy?


Under Google Play’s policy, it terms Deceptive Behaviour as an attempt to deceive users or enable dishonest behavior. It clearly states that the store does not allow:


“Apps that encourage or incentivize users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security service.”


The beginning part of the statement is exactly what the Indian Remove Chinese Apps software does. Thus, Google took it down from its Platform for disregarding this policy.


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