The Reason Why Mitron App Is Removed from Google Play Store


The Reason Why Mitron App Is Removed from Google Play Store: Mitron app, the Indian clone version of China’s TikTok has been removed from the Google Play store yesterday. This app got quite a traction in quick times and soon the download count zoomed to 5 million downloads being fueled by the sentiment of a different version of “Make in India” product. Though the source code for the app was reportedly bought from the Pakistani Developers and after being furnished was listed as an Indian app. Still, there is no official announcement neither from Google nor Mitron authority about the actual reason for removal but we have dug down that facts and found there could be some possible reasons for the removal.

The Reason Why Mitron App Is Removed from Google Play Store:

The number one reason Mitron might have been taken down from the app store could be for violating the Google Play Store’s ‘spam and minimum functionality’ policy. Google has categorically explained in the “Developer Policy Center” the basic guideline for ‘Spam and Minimum Functionality’ which states:

At a minimum, apps should provide users with a basic degree of functionality and a respectful user experience. Apps that crash, exhibit other behavior that is not consistent with a functional user experience, or that serve only to spam users or Google Play are not apps that expand the catalog in a meaningful way.

In addition to that, it was also violating another major Play Store policy of “Repetitive Content”. Play store’s guideline says ” We don’t allow apps that merely provide the same experience as other apps already on Google Play. Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services.” We all know Mitron is not the unique concept and it is merely a close replica of China’s TikTok so Google might have gone hard on Mitron for that reason. 

Why Mitron only there are plenty of other apps out there on Play Store which are cloned:

It is true that Mitron is not the first or only app on play store which features the same content as other apps listed on the platform. In fact, you would found plenty of similar apps with almost negligible to none difference in features are co-existing on play store for years! Then why Mitron has been removed from the play store? What do you think guys?

The second massive reason behind the suspension could be the growing amount of concern about the security and privacy of the app. On the listing page, The official developer website link was directed to a blank page and simply there was no privacy policy page whatsoever. Google takes privacy policy extremely seriously and there is no margin for error if you failed to come up with a reasonable privacy policy for users. Adding to that, Indian Express also raised concerns about the security vulnerability of the app. After being purchased the app, the owner did not update the policy. Though on May 30th there was a Privacy policy under the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) as added, but again it failed the serve the adequate information in standard to the Google Guideline Policy.