Google isn’t taking it easy with companies that commit whatever act of fraud against it’s users and the Android community in general. There was an official report from a major Google Play Store developer Do Global which acknowledges the allegations brought against it by Google.
Do Global claimed it will be launching it’s very own investigation to know what really went wrong after 50 of it’s applications were deleted from the Play Store. The company also promises to comply with whatever “Strict regulations” that Google might be putting out henceforth.
Read the Full statement:
In the past week, we have noticed a series of reports about our apps by the media. We fully understand the seriousness of the allegations. As such, we immediately conducted an internal investigation on this matter.
We regret to find irregularities in some of our products’ use of AdMob advertisements. Given this, we fully understand and accept Google’s decision.
Moreover, we have actively cooperated with them by doing a thorough examination of every app involved.
We would like to thank the media, our partners, and the public for their support.
Moving forward, we will strictly follow relevant regulations and continue conducting a comprehensive review of our products.
Lastly, during this process, we have caused misunderstandings and great concern due to our being unable to communicate in a timely manner and provide complete information. We offer our sincere apologies.
What really happened was that there were some big Play Store developers who were engaging in fraudulent acts of sharing data with the Chinese government on purpose and while the whole allegation was growing, the developer in question had already being kicked off the platform.
With Do Global boasting as huge as 600 Million downloads, Google didn’t hesitate to remove their applications off the platform. According to BuzzFeed, Google had initially pulled about 50 mobile applications from the developer after they were found engaging in ad fraud which was producing fake clicks even when those ads weren’t in use. While the whole thing is burning out with the developer, another 50 of it’s applications are expected to be pulled off the Play Store once again before the week runs out.
Of course, Do Global isn’t the first company to engage in such malpractice and won’t be the first to be kicked off the platform due to violation of rules. However, what is more spectacular is the fact that DO is one of the biggest developers on the app marketplace, but it’s also owned by Baidu, a company that is often described as the Google of China.
For an in-depth analysis of this matter, BuzzFeed has all the details you need to know here. Meanwhile, be sure to give a second thought to installing apps that ask way too many unnecessary permissions.