Google removes over 2,000 loan apps from Play Store in India since January

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A senior company official said that Google has removed over 2,000 loan apps from the Play Store in India since January this year. These loan apps were removed from the Play Store for misrepresenting information and violating terms based on inputs received by the search giant. The action could be tougher in the times to come as the company looks to enhance user security. Google plans to introduce a few more policy changes in the coming weeks.

Speaking at an event in New Delhi, Saikat Mitra, Senior Director and Head of Trust and Security, Google APAC (Asia Pacific Region), told that the company will always follow the rules of the jurisdictions in which it operates. According to PTI, Mitra assured that Google prioritizes user safety as one of its core values.

The Google executive also mentioned that the tech giant may tighten these checks. “We are in the process of some more policy changes that will come out in a few weeks…

Mitra said the company removed more than 2000 apps from the Play Store in India on grounds of policy violations, lack of disclosure and indications of misinformation.

Citing differences in the nature of various loan apps, Mitra elaborated that apps in India are a combination of misrepresentation, non-compliance with policies and regulations, while there are predatory loans in the US market.

Mitra also ensured that the company would work closely with the government and industry on the issue of new rules and policies “as and when regulation comes.”

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