Paytm App is back, live in Play Store. Why Google is removing apps?"Google Play is created to provide a safe and secure experience for our consumers while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses". Other Paytm apps, including Paytm Money, Paytm Mall, and Paytm for Business, are still available on the Play Store. "Our global policies have always been designed with that goal in mind, considering the good of all our stakeholders", Google said in a blogpost.
Just today, in a blog post, Suzanne Frey Google's Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy said that it doesn't allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting.
Google has pulled Indian financial services giant Paytm's app and MobiKwik from the Play Store for violating policies related to gambling payments. Google hasn't pulled the trigger on Paytm's various sister apps either as their respective Play Store listings remain intact.
Google is also working with the developers at Paytm to bring back the app to Play Store. Repeated policy violations lead to a termination of the Google Play Developer account. "Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently", reads the blog.
Google's ban is a huge blow to the app as the IPL begins tomorrow and Paytm First Games was hoping to cash in on the cricketing event. However, existing users who have the app already installed on their devices can continue to use the mobile wallet and other services provided by the company. Many suspected that the Indian government has banned Paytm in India as a part of its crackdown on Chinese apps and apps with Chinese affiliates.
Paytm has since removed the promotion from its app, he added. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Paytm said, "Update: And we're back!"
Now, it isn't clear if Paytm (and by extension Paytm First Games) was a one time or repeat offender.
The company recently launched the "Paytm Cricket League" on its consumer app for users to engage in their passion of cricket and get cashback.
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