‘Remove China Apps’ was published on Google Play on May 17th, 2020. It is an app that clears your phone of all apps developed in China. In the past few weeks, it became one of the trending apps, but soon after, it was deleted by Google Play.
Keep on scrolling to know more about this controversy!
What is ‘Delete China Apps’?
With India currently under the grips of the coronavirus epidemic, and at knuckleheads with China at the border, the anti-China sentiment is blowing across the country. Since the virus originated from Wuhan, China, many Indian citizens are rejecting Chinese goods and services. In the effort to do that, people are also uninstalling Chinese apps.
‘Delete China Apps’ was developed to identify and get rid of Chinese apps more easily. As the anti-China spread across the country, the app crossed over 50 lakh downloads in two weeks of its availability on Google Play. It also received an average of 4.9 stars out of 5 and a large number of positive reviews. The app’s popularity spread through social media, guaranteeing even more downloads. It is clear that the cause of this surge was the cross-border tension of India and China, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why did Google Play Pull This “Remove China Apps”?
Google’s Deceptive Behaviour rules say that an app cannot encourage users to remove third-party apps. Hence, since this app’s aim was to remove apps of a certain country, it was suspended. This was, however, not the first app to be removed this way. Just a few days earlier, Mitron, a ‘desi’ alternative for TikTok, was also removed from Google’s Play Store. Google has not commented any further on this issue and has simply chosen to suspend the apps in question.
What Have The App Developers Said?
The app was developed by a home-grown company called OneTouch AppLabs. The makers said that they meant the app to be educational, and were not expecting to become a viral sensation. The Jaipur-based company also said that the app was not meant to “promote or force people to uninstall any of the application(s).”