Paytm was removed from the Google play store temporarily, it is one of the biggest and most trusted Indian digital payments apps this Friday. The reason being that it was promoting gambling alike services and diverting uses to other third party sites that serve the same purpose.
This action from Google hails that it’s not going to leave anyone no matter how reputable the company is. After this, Paytm resolved the issues and uploaded a fixed version. To which after verification of the same, Google removed the ban.
“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,” wrote Suzanne Frey, vice president, Product, Android Security, and Privacy, in a blog post.
“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,” she added.
Paytm’s co-founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma came forward in light of this event and had an interview with CNBC TV18. In there, he revealed that the company has issued some cashback cards that featured the faces of cricketers and that was the cause of all this ruckus. And that they were misjudged in promoting gambling alike activities when all they were doing was following trend before the launch of IPL 2020.
But we all know that Paytm has recently launched their other app called Paytm First Games. Which has a fantasy league styles games setup with all such kinds of resources. Which is also the reason that it was removed too and haven’t made back yet with no sign of coming back as well.
Google’s policy doesn’t allow any app to indulge in fantasy leagues or something, wherein a game of luck, the user had to invest real money. This is the reason why apps such as Dream 11 hosts their app separately on their website and are not allowed over at Google’s Playstore.
For those who misread this as a sign of Paytm having a compromised security scheme or got into thinking that their money in Paytm wallets is seized are wrong. There is no such thing going on and your money is safe and not going anywhere.
The ban was just based on a violation of policy and worked as a sign from Google towards other apps as well that they’re not going to tolerate anything less than what they’ve asked for.