Google takes down viral Indian app that removes Chinese apps
New Delhi: Search giant Google has taken down an Indian-made mobile app from its Play Store that allowed users to scan and remove Chines apps from their phones. The app was removed as it violated certain company policies, said a spokesperson from Google on Wednesday.
The app called 'Remove China Apps' became trending on social media and also on Play Store in India with more than 5 million downloads in a few days since the release of the app in late May.
The popularity of the app rose amid calls for boycott of Chinese products and mobile apps in India following the growing tensions of border dispute between India and China in Northern India.
A spokesperson from Google while speaking to a leading international media outlet said that the app was removed because it violated app store policies.
Experts say that the app violated Google policies barring apps that mislead users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features.
The app scanned users' mobile phones for Chinese apps like TikTok and UC Browser and prompted the users' to delete them. Once done, a message popped up saying 'You are awesome, no China apps found'.
Many Indians in the recent days using the hashtag #BoycottChineseProducts on social media called for deletion of Chinese apps and stopping the use of China made products in the country.