New Delhi: Within hours of being removed from Play Store by Google, Paytm is back where it belongs.
Earlier on Friday, Google removed the popular payments bank app from Play Store for violating policies on gambling, even though other apps like Paytm for Business, Paytm mall, Paytm Money were still available on the platform.
“We continue to work with Google to restore the app. We assure all our users that their balances and linked accounts are 100 per cent safe. Our services are fully functional on all existing apps and you can continue enjoying Paytm like before,” Paytm said in a statement, clarifying that Google had suspended the app as it violated Play Store policies on gambling.
Google doesn’t allow online casinos and other unregulated gambling apps on its play store, including the popular fantasy sports platform like Dream 11.
Google’s Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy, wrote in a blog earlier in the day: “We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies.”
“We have these policies to protect users from potential harm. When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance,” Frey explained.