Paytm app removed from Google Play store for policy violation


Google did not respond to a request seeking comment on how Paytm's cashback offer violated its policies. Google is yet to give out formal statements on the same. The app's security isn't in question, but because Google doesn't promote online gambling services on the Play Store, it was banned for a short while.

The Paytm Android app was then unlisted from Google's Play Store and was temporarily unavailable to users for new downloads or updates.

Reports suggest that Google had notified the developers for violating the guidelines and was in touch with the developers.

A lot of users have raised concerns over the sudden removal of Paytm app from Play Store.

A spokeswoman for the USA search giant said the app had been removed for violating its policies on online gambling.

Earlier on Friday, Alphabet Inc's Google said in blog post that it did not allow "online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting".

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Google pulled down payment app PayTM from its app store on Friday for allegedly violating the company's gambling policy. If Paytm fails to abide by Google's policy, it may face more serious action, including termination of its Google Play Developer accounts. "Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently", she added. "It will be back very soon", it tweeted.

Paytm First Games is an all-in-one app made by Paytm for those who want to earn money playing these games online.

Paytm allows a lot of essential services apart from its wallet payment system.

The Noida-headquartered Paytm is the country's largest payments app and competes with Google Pay. That honor goes to Epic Games' Fortnite.

Now, it isn't clear if Paytm (and by extension Paytm First Games) was a one time or repeat offender. Additionally, Samsung users can download it directly from the Galaxy Store.

The report further states that Google has urged Disney+ Hotstar, which has the mobile broadcast rights for IPL, to display a warning before running ads for fantasy sports apps.