Google has suspended Mitron app for allegedly violating its spam and minimum functionality policy.
Controversy-ridden Mitron, the so-called “desi” TikTok alternative, has been pulled down from the Google Play Store. Google has suspended Mitron app for allegedly violating its spam and minimum functionality policy. “We don’t allow apps that merely provide the same experience as other apps already on Google Play. Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” the policy reads.
Even though Google reserves the right to take down any app that copies content from other apps without any changes, recent history has shown, the global search engine giant doesn’t usually take this step on its own. Mitron app is a classic example. Multiple investigative reports, some of which have also painstakingly dissected the source code of Mitron app, have called out how it’s a complete rip-off of TicTic, another Android app made by a Pakistan-based developer.
If that wasn’t enough, the makers of TicTic have also reached out to the media, and there has been significant coverage on this in the last few days, clearly stating how Mitron wasn’t really a “desi” app to begin with. Pakistan-based software developing company, Qboxus, has claimed it sold the Mitron app’s complete source code to its maker for $34 or roughly around Rs 2,500. While it’s perfectly fine for the makers of Mitron app to use that source code to build and sell something as their own product, Qboxus has raised issues since the so-called “desi” app brings no extra value on top of what a certain TicTic already does.