Google banned altogether 46 apps from the official Google Play store on Friday for scamming ad fraud and lack of transparency about services, revealed by BuzzFeed News. A major Chinese developer for Android, DO Global responsible for software had about 100 applications on the download platform and over 600 million installs. The accused Baidu-linked company claims to have more than 250 active monthly users in its applications and reach 800 million people via advertisements.
The case went public last week when the BuzzFeed news portal pointed to six apps that violated Google's guidelines. The malicious advertising system ran even when a user was out of the software. Banned platforms include "Pic Tool Group" and "Photo Artist Studio"; both made their privacy policies available on Tumblr without explicitly linking to DO Global. The attitude characterizes a breach of the rules set in Google Play, as it deprives users of proprietary data. Of the total applications removed, 20 were managed by DO Global Games and 14 by Applecheer Studio.
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Although there is no confirmation, other DO Global services should be excluded from the official app store. This could be one of the biggest bans made by Google to a developer. Remember that other software also had to leave the hosting platform, such as Secret and Sarahah. The first allowed users to make anonymous postings about other people, which generated racist, homophobic, and liar content. Already the other, was removed by the practice of bullying on his platform text messages also sent in incognito mode.
The number of complaints about exposing photos and names in the Secret led the Holy Spirit's Court of Justice to order his suspension in Google, Apple (for iPhone) and Microsoft (for Windows Phone) app stores. In addition to requesting the removal of the installations already made in the appliances. At the time, the Sarahah controversy also caught the attention of users, as the service also gained popularity in other countries and surpassed Instagram and YouTube applications in number of downloads in the United States.
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