Later, Google red-flagged the app and made a decision to suspend it for violating its "spam and minimum functionality" policy.
The "Discover" and "Inbox" buttons have been removed from the bottom while remaining ones have been replaced with new icons to make the app look different from TikTok. Amid increasing tension between the two countries, including an ongoing border dispute in the Himalayas, the Remove China App has become extremely popular with Indians in recent weeks, briefly becoming the most popular app in India's Google Play store. We also emailed at the given email ID on the Play store but didn't receive a response from the developer's end.
-Google however, did not officially give a statement to explain on what grounds it had removed the Mitron app and "Remove China Apps". He clarified that Google has 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", he said in his blog hinting that the "Mitron" app may be back.
Interestingly, the application is still missing from the iOS or the Apple App Store, which could be due to Apple's more stringent app review policy and the fact that developers have to pay a fee to launch an iOS app.
Google had also similarly suspended Remove China Apps from the Play Store, recently, for violating its deceptive behaviour policy.
This is a longstanding rule created to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation. When apps are allowed to specifically target other apps, it can lead to behavior that we believe is not in the best interest of our community of developers and consumers. The app has also built and updated its promoter website.
Some of the examples of violations under the repetitive content policy are copying content from other apps without adding any original content or value and creating multiple apps with highly similar functionality, content, and user experience.