June 06 : The desi rival of TikTok is back on Google Play Store after it was removed due to violation of Google privacy policies. After Mitron developers fixed the issues as per Google policies, the app was back again. Before the app was pulled out, Mitron had crossed 50 lakh downloads.
According to Google, the short video platform Mitron had violated its “Spam and Minimum Functionality” policy, and pulled it out on June 2.
Google in a statement said, “A number of recent app removals received particular attention in India and we wanted to clarify our actions. Earlier this week, we removed a video app for a number of technical policy violations. 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.”
The Google policy reads, “Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services.” It also states that the app should provide a “basic degree of functionality and a respectful user experience.”
The app is a free short video platform based out of Bengaluru. Mitron was launched in Google Play Store less than two months ago. It has recently capitalised on the anti-China and anti-TikTok sentiments doing the rounds in the country.
Mitron has been developed by an IIT student. The app came under scrutiny after a Pakistani coding company claimed that the app has been developed by them. It is said that the app has security issues as the developers didn’t make changes to the code after purchasing it for Rs 2,500.
Before the app was removed from Google store, it had scored 4.5 stars but now its rating has dropped to 3.7.