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Google removes the Indian app that removed Chinese apps

​When the hunter became preyReuters
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​When the hunter became prey
Google has banned a mobile application made by an Indian company called OneTouch AppLabs. The app called 'Remove China Apps' was ironically meant to help users remove Chinese apps from their devices.
​5 mn downloadsGetty Images
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​5 mn downloads
The Indian app was hugely popular among Indians and had had five million downloads on Google Play store before its ban.
​How it worksAgencies
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​How it works
Remove China Apps scanned users' phones for apps such as ByteDance's TikTok and Alibaba's UC Browser. Once deleted, a message popped up saying "You are awesome, no China app found."
​​A border row that spilled to virtual worldBCCL - Non Copyright
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​​A border row that spilled to virtual world
Currently, India and Chinese soldiers are engaged in a major standoff in eastern Ladakh area which is said to be the biggest confrontation between the two countries after the Doklam episode in 2017.

The border row has now spilled to virtual world with #BoycottChineseProducts hashtag being on trend on social media for quite some time. This boycott call has helped the Indian app on Google Play store.
​Why Google banned itGetty Images
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​Why Google banned it
Google has said that the app violated its policies but gave no particular reason. However, a Reuter report claimed that the Indian app was banned because it mislead users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features.
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