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Google bans Chinese app developers with 600 million downloads from Play Store: Report



Google bans Chinese app developers with 600 million downloads from Play Store: Report

Some apps were reported as ad fraud and concealed ownership

Suspected of malicious cyber attacks and data breaches, Google removes applications from the Chinese Android app developer, DO Global, which has around 100 apps with over 600 million installations and partly owned by the big Baidu on the Internet. 46 of DO Global applications have already been removed from Play Store, and the company plans to ban DO Global altogether with a number of app transfers that follow, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday.

"We are actively investigating malpractice, and when we find violations, we act, including removing the developer's ability to monetize its application with AdMob, or publish it," the report quoted Google's press spokesman, as stated on Friday.

The search engine giant is further expanding the ban on Internet giant ad products that also appear on Android devices.

"DO global apps no longer offer ad inventory to purchase through the Google AdMob network," the report said.

BuzzFeed has previously reported that six applications from DO Global have been fraudulent and conceal their ownership.

The Chinese company claims it has more than 250 million monthly active users and nearly 800 million users through its Android platform ad platform.

"Removing them from the Play Store marks one of the biggest bans, if not the biggest, Google ever launched against the app developer," the report said.

DO Global was a subsidiary of Baidu until it was expropriated in 2018. Baidu keeps 34% of the stock company.

Written with IANS inputs

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