Google has taken down India’s popular online financial service application, Paytm, earlier on Friday from its Google PlayStore stating that the company is in violation with Google’s gambling policies.
Commenting about the disappearance of India’s valuable start up that engages over 50 million active users monthly from google play store, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy, Suzanne Frey said: “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.”
Google Play Store reputedly doesn’t promote online casinos and other unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting in India. On the other hand, Paytm, was allegedly found promoting fantasy sports service on its app, even after being notified by google, thus, repeatedly violating google play store’s policies. To note Paytm’s fantasy sports service, Paytm First Games, which was available as a standalone app in play store, has also been withdrawn for not being in compliance with Google play store’s gambling policies.
Talking about its strict gambling policies, Google’s representative further added, “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. 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.”
Google also noted that if an application leads consumers to any external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments, gambling or betting to win real money or cash prizes will also account for violating its Play Store policies. Meanwhile, as per reports, the Android-maker has also sent emails to many firms in India, asking developers to pause all advertising campaigns in their apps that drive users to websites that offer installation files of sports betting apps.
Furthermore, as Goggle has scrapped down Paytm app from its play store over repeated gambling policies violations, Paytm is still available on the Apple App Store.