Paytm app back on Google Play store after being pulled down briefly for policy violation
Update: Paytm back in Play store
Google on Friday evening restored the Paytm app on its Play store after removing it for a few hours for violating its policy on sports betting activities. The restoration comes after Paytm removed the 'cashback' feature from a recently-launched game on the application.
Google steps in
According to a report by PTI, Google on Friday said it has removed Paytm app from the Play Store for violation of its policy on sport betting activities. Paytm will not be available for download now but there will be no impact on existing users of the app.
Will you be impacted?
Google also said that only the app availability on Play Store is impacted and there is no impact on users. In a tweet, Paytm said Paytm Android app is temporarily unavailable on Google's Play Store for new downloads or updates. "It will be back very soon. All your money is completely safe, and you can continue to enjoy your Paytm app as normal," it added.
Why was it blocked?
"The app was blocked for violation of play policies - a clarification of our policy was released earlier today ahead of the IPL tournament," Google said in an e-mailed response on Friday. In a blog on Friday, Google said it does not allow apps facilitating sports betting and will remove such apps from the Google Play Store.
What is the violation?
"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," the blog post said.
Chance to comply
Google said when an app violates these policies, it notifies the developer of the violation and removes 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," the blog post by Android Security and Privacy Vice President Product Suzanne Frey said.
Competing with Google
One of India's most valuable startups, Paytm, which competes with Google Pay, earlier this month said that that revenue for the fiscal year ended on March 31 increased to Rs 3,629 crore with a 40 per cent decline in losses.