Mitron May Make a Comeback on Google Play, But No Respite for ‘Remove China Apps’

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  • Mitron app was removed from Google Play earlier this week
  • Google gave pointers to the Mitron app developer to fix issues
  • Mitron app garnered over 50 lakh downloads on Google Play

Mitron app, a TikTok clone that gained an overnight success before getting removed from Google Play, may soon make a comeback, Google has suggested by giving clarity on its recent app removal decisions. The search giant has given some guidance to the developer behind the Mitron app to fix issues violating its technical policy. The app garnered over 50 lakh downloads in less than a month before being removed from Google Play earlier this week. Google also recently removed the “Remove China Apps” application that was meant to uninstall Chinese apps from Android devices.

Without specifying the name of the Mitron app, Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, noted in a blog post that his team was working with the developer to help them fix issues and resubmit their app on Google Play.

“We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up on Play,” Samat said while indicating Google’s communication with the Mitron app maker.

The Mitron app was removed from Google Play earlier this year for violating the company’s “Spam and Minimum Functionality” policy that doesn’t allow apps that “merely provide the same experience as other apps already” offered through Google Play. “Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” the Repetitive Content definition of the policy reads.

It is important to highlight that the Mitron app had tonnes of similarities with TikTok. In fact, the prime reason behind its sudden popularity was the experience that was quite similar to TikTok, which faced a public outrage for giving space to creators who allegedly promote acid attacks on women and host animal and sexual abuse content.

Some reports initially called the Mitron app an India-made alternative to TikTok. It was, however, later found that the app’s source code was reportedly purchased from a Pakistani software development company Qboxus. The developer of the Mitron app hasn’t yet come out publicly to give any clarity, though.

Alongside copying the experience, the Mitron app was found to have a serious vulnerability that could allow attackers to take over user accounts. Its developer didn’t provide any update on the alleged loophole revealed by a security researcher.

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