Today, for the first time it happened that any mobile platform has removed digital payments giant Paytm app from the App Store.
Update [18-Sep-2020]: Paytm main app is up again in Play Store but at the time of this writing Paytm Games still not up.
Google removed Paytm and Paytm First Games apps from the Google Play Store. In the blog post on Google India, company stated that Paytm main app was allowing customers to play online games that promotes sports betting.
In the blog, Google’s Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy states, “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.”
Frey notes, “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.”
On the other hand, commenting on the matter Paytm states, “Paytm Android app is temporarily unavailable on Google’s Play Store for new downloads or updates.”
The company adds that the Paytm app “will be back very soon” on the Play Store. “All your money is completely safe, and you can continue to enjoy your Paytm app as normal,” Paytm highlights.