Back in December, The New York Times reported that a popular messaging app that’s called ToTok was actually a spying tool that’s been used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to track users; conversations, social connections, and location as well.
This app has been removed at the end of 2019 and the tech giant investigated and reinstated the app in January.
The app was removed once again
Now, Google confirmed that the app mentioned above has been removed once again but did not offer the reasons why.
TechCrunch noted that ToTok had been once again pulled from the Google Play Store a few days ago.
The online publication reached Google for comments, and the tech giant confirmed that the app was indeed removed from the Play Store.
More than that, Google notes that the enforcement has not been done as a response to any external direction or any request.
In other words, the U.S. government didn’t get involved in this decision, but Google decided to remove the application itself maybe due to a policy violation.
According to original reports, the app has been downloaded millions of times from Google’s app store and Apple’s store as well by customers across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America in the few months since its launch.
The report cited U.S. intelligence sources, and said that the app had been used to track its users’ “every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound, and image.”
Google Play Store has a rival
Google was recently in the spotlight again when it’s been revealed that the Google Play Store is getting company. Huawei, Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi are teaming up in order to work on a new integrated mobile store for Android that will replace the Google Play Store.
This new platform is reportedly called the Global Developer Service Alliance (GSDA), and it’s not only for apps, but for games, music, and movies as well.