Mitron, the Indian alternative to TikTok, was pulled off the Google Play Store on June 2. “We don’t allow apps that merely provide the same experience as the other apps already on Google Play. Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” Google explained. Mitron was inherently identical to the very popular short video streaming app TikTok.
However, the app is back on the Play Store now.
Google has said yesterday – “We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up on Play.”
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And that’s not all, Mitron has also built to updated its promoter on websites. Earlier the promoter site was a blank page.
Google was not wrong about Mitron delivering content that it was no different from other apps. The creators of Mitron had bought the code for the app from Pakistani developers Qboxus. Irfan Sheikh, the founder and CEO of Qboxus said that Mitron was no different from their TicTic app. The IIT students who developed Mitron basically took the code and uploaded it, without any changes, as the Mitron app on Google Play Store.
In that form, Mitron was violating Google’s ‘spam and minimum functionality’ policy. As mentioned in Google’s policy page, apps that copy content from others without making any original changes or adding some value, violate the rules.
“We don’t allow apps to merely provide the same experience as other apps already on Google Play. Apps should also provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” states the policy. In addition, the app should provide basic degree of functionality & a respectful user experience, the policy adds.
Google also removed the ‘Remove China Apps’ from the Google Play Store. However, it does not look like that app is going to make a comeback.