sentiment has been a recurring theme in India, and apps and technology-related products are often the first casualty. TikTok, with its over 200 million strong user base in India, has been the target of many uninstall campaigns over the past year.
While there has been no official word from India against China on the being the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been rising anti-China sentiment on social media since the past couple of months. Also, with the current standoff between India and China at the border, a new wave of rage against Chinese products has been rising.
The Google Play Store
has a "Spam and Minimum Functionality Policy" and can take down apps, among other things, for repetitive content. Examples of violations include "Copying content from other apps without adding any original content or value" and "Creating multiple apps with highly similar functionality, content, and user experience".
Referring to Mitron as a video app that was taken down earlier this week, Samat said, "We have an established process of working with developers to help them fix issues and resubmit their apps. We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up on Play."