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Google has pulled Paytm a financial app from the Google Play store for a repetitive Policy Violation. The Paytm is India’s most valuable startup and claims over 50 million monthly active users. Its marquee app, which competes with Google Pay in India, disappeared from the Play Store in the country earlier Friday. As per Google, they prohibited online casinos and other unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting in India.
The main reason behind the pullover is gambling and online casino games which are present inside the PayTm app. Google never allows any app that promotes it or has a link to these things. The announcement today from Google is also a preemptive attempt from the company to remind other developers about its gambling policies a day before the popular cricket tournament Indian Premier League is scheduled to kick off. Previous seasons of IPL has already attracted many people to Sports Betting, which is banned in India. Google has also asked Disney+ Hotstar, one of the most popular on-demand video streaming services in India, to display a warning before running ads about fantasy sports apps.
Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security, and Privacy, in a blog post said that We have these policies to protect users from potential harm. When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance. Also she added that And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently.