Google is removing near 100 Play Store apps from a Chinese developer


Following a BuzzFeed News investigation, Google did a mass expulsion of apps from a larger Chinese Android developer, DO Global. According to that investigation, the company apps were performing ad frauds and hiding the app-ownership data from users.

Google did the removal based on malicious cyber-attacks and data breach circumstances. DO Global operated about 100 apps in the Play Store with over half a billion downloads and it is also partly owned by Internet major 'Baidu', holding a 34 percent stake in the company. DO Global was a subsidiary of Baidu until last year.

On Friday's BuzzFeed News, it was revealed that 46 apps from DO Global have now been removed from the Play Store while 20 of them being from the ‘DO Global Games’ developer name and it's likely that DO Global will be banned entirely following more app removals in the future.

"We actively investigate malicious behavior and when we find violations, we take action including the removal of a developer's ability to monetize their app with AdMob or publish on Play," the report quoted a Google spokesperson on that day. The report also said, "DO Global apps no longer offer ad inventory for purchase via Google's AdMob network.”

In response, DO Global claimed to have over 250 million monthly active users for its apps and their reach being nearly 800 million users through its Android ad platform. "Their removal from the Play Store marks one of the biggest bans, if not the biggest, Google has ever instituted against an app developer," the report pointed out.

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