Google Takes Down PayTm From It’s Play Store; Cites Policy On Gambling

Google removed India's largest Payment app, PayTm from it's play store. Google stated the One97 Communications Ltd owned company violated Google's online Gambling Policy.

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In a move that shocked everyone, Google removed PayTm’s app from it’s playstore. Although other PayTm applications like PayTm for Business, PayTm mall, PayTm Money, and a few more are still available for download, PayTm is not visible on being searched on Google Play Store.

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Google hasn’t specifically revealed the reason behind taking down the app downloaded by millions of users in India but in a blog posted today the tech giant cites policy on gambling.
Google on Friday posted the blog titled “Understanding our Play gambling policies in India” in which it highlighted the issues related to such apps that endorse or promote gambling in India.

“Google Play is designed to provide a safe and secure experience for our consumers while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses. Our global policies have always been designed with that goal in mind, considering the good of all our stakeholders,” said Google’s blog.

Highlighting the issue of online casinos available through the app, Google’s Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy wrote, “We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies.”

Reports have claimed that Google had notified the developers of PayTm about the removal and it continues to be in touch with PayTm to get the app back on Play Store.
PayTm declined to comment and said the company will issue a statement after investigating the matter. However, PayTm is still available for download on the Apple App Store.


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