He also says that they'll improve their communication with developers when it comes to rejections of apps due to specific policies and make their review and appeals process speedier as, among other things, they are expanding their evaluation and appeals review team.
If anything to go by BuzzFeed reports, the fraudulent DU Group apps were identified following a list of nearly 5,000 famous mobile apps was collected from Google Play, and their information like developer name and number of installs was collated.
"We understood that some app features using this data would no longer be allowed - including features that many users found valuable - and worked with you on alternatives where possible".
The browser app and search engine apps will be presented to you as per your country's database and populairty. In a blog post, Googles Product Management Director, Paul Gennai revealed that you will see the new app recommendations screen when opening Google Play after updates. These apps were then passed along to Check Point and Method Media, which were able to identify the hidden code. Meanwhile, in November a year ago, security analysts discovered eight applications from another Chinese developer, Cheetah Mobile, that was also engaged in ad fraud. This discovery prompted a reaction from Sen. Mark Warner, a USA senator from Virginia, highlighted how app developers are beholden to laws created by the Chinese ruling party, which allows the Chinese government to request data from these companies.
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"We explicitly prohibit ad fraud and service abuse on Google Play". One of the things that should have been a giveaway with apps like these, though, is that they asked users for permission to use everything from a user's location data to their phone sensors as well as personal contact information. The user was unable to take a screenshot of the same, so this claim is still unclear.
Shortly before the Buzzfeed story was released, the apps were removed from the Play Store.
At the time the EC ordered Google to stop "illegally tying" Chrome and search apps to Android. In 2017, security firm eZanga discovered around 300 apps in Google Play Store that click on advertisements fraudulently, just like the recently discovered apps from the DU Group.