Google boots Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after fraud allegations

Google boots Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after fraud allegations

Google boots Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after fraud allegations

"We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behaviour on our platform".

According to app analytics company AppBrain, CM File Manager has more than 50 million downloads, and Kika Keyboard has over 100 million downloads.

Google has reportedly removed two Cheetah Mobile and Kika apps from the Google Play Store after claims of ad fraud were levelled against the developers.

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Google is still continuing to investigate the two apps and will take additional action. Seven of these apps are from Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese Internet company, while the other one has been developed by Kika Tech, another Chinese firm.

The file manager and keyboard apps were removed from the store after they were found showing 'deceptive and malicious behavior, ' as reported by BuzzFeed. More specifically, it was alleged that the apps instituted click flooding and click injection while running, enabling them to "take credit" for new subsequent installs on the affected devices.

Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched, Android has granted users control over app permissions, dictating what our apps can and cannot do.

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News of Google taking action makes for a major turn of events, as Cheetah Mobile came out swinging in the immediate wake of the report. Google has allowed users to vote for their favorite app, game, and movie, while all the other categories have been chosen by Google based on their performance in the Play Store, and truth be said, none of these comes as a huge surprise.

Nevertheless, Google has stated that the 2 companies can not re-submit their apps for sale unless they satisfy an assessment of their safety and transparency beforehand.

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