Google pulled an Indian app from its Play Store, which allowed users to remove Chinese apps from their phone. Google confirms this to Reuters on Wednesday .
The Remove China Apps app scanned users' phones for Chinese apps, such as TikTok from ByteDance and UC Browser from Alibaba. After uninstalling, the app prompted, "You are great, no Chinese app has been found."
The app had been downloaded more than five million times since May. According to Reuters , the popularity was mainly due to a call against the use of Chinese mobile apps. That appeal was mainly made by social media users, due to a border dispute in the Himalayas between India and Google.
A Google spokesperson confirmed that the app was removed from the store for violating the platform's rules. Further details were not disclosed.
OneTouch AppLabs, the creator of Remove China Apps, did not respond. On its website, the developer confirms that the app has been removed. Thank you to users for their support.