New Delhi, September 18: Payment app Paytm and Paytm First Games has been pulled from Google Play Store on Friday for alleged violation of gambling policies. The app, which is owned by One97 Communications Ltd, is not visible when being searched on Google Play Store.
However, all the other sister mobile applications of Paytm — Paytm for business, Paytm money, Paytm Mall, and others — are still available on Play Store. According to a report, as quoted by CNBC TV18, Google had notified Paytm developers a few days back on this issue. It has also added that they are in touch with One97 Communications regarding the digital wallet and e-commerce app.
Issuing a statement, Vice President of Product, Android Security and Privacy — Suzanne Frey — said, “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.”
Adding more, the statement says, “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. And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts.”
Here’s a tweet by one of the journalist:
@Paytm & @PaytmFirstGames pulled down from Google Playstore@GoogleIndia cites Violation of Google Play gambling policies & says we don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting@MugdhaCNBCTV18 @ShereenBhan @vijayshekhar pic.twitter.com/Zj4QivQ45A
— Megha Vishwanath (@MeghaVishwanath) September 18, 2020
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