Google has issued a statement, clarifying its decision to remove certain apps from its Play Store, which evoked sharp reactions in India.
Issuing the clarification, Sameer Samat, Vice-President, Android and Google Play, said, âEarlier 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. Weâve given this developer some guidance and once theyâve addressed the issue, the app can go back up on Play.
âWe also recently suspended a number of apps for violating the policy that we don't allow an app that âencourages or incentivizes users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security serviceâ. This is a longstanding rule designed to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation. 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. Weâve enforced this policy against other apps in many countries consistently in the past â just as we did here.Â Â
âWe hope this helps clarify the rationale behind these recent actions. We thank our 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.â
Samat said Google Play was designed to provide a safe and secure experience for their consumers while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses. Their global policies were designed with that goal in mind.
Googleâs decision to take down short-video making app âMitronâ and âRemove China Appsâ, an application that could be used to remove Chinese apps, evoked widespread outrage in India.