Google removes Paytm app from Play Store; App says 'Your money is completely safe'
Google has removed Paytm and Paytm First Game Fantasy apps from the Play Store while other applications like Paytm for Business, Paytm mall, Paytm Money, and a few more are still available.
Google has removed Paytm and Paytm First Game Fantasy apps from the Play Store while other applications like Paytm for Business, Paytm mall, Paytm Money, and a few more are still available. 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. Both apps are available on Apple App Store.
"Dear Paytm'ers, Paytm Android app is temporarily unavailable on Google's Play Store for new downloads or updates. It will be back very soon. All your money is completely safe, and you can continue to enjoy your Paytm app as normal," said Paytm on Twitter.
Paytm's tweet comes in the wake of Google pulling down the app from its Play Store for alleged violation of online gambling policies for promoting its fantasy gaming platform Paytm First Games. There is often a surge in launch of such apps before major sporting tournaments like the IPL. The latest season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to start from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
The fintech major's subsidiary has recently roped in cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador.
Over the next six months, over 200 live events would be featured on the platform, including international and domestic cricket tournaments, soccer leagues and others, it added.
The Google Play Store listing of the Paytm app is currently showing an error that states, “We’re sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server.” This means Android users can no longer able to download the Paytm app. All existing users who have the app installed on their device can still use all services provided by the app. This is the first time Google has removed the digital payments behemoth Paytm from the Play store.
"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," Google said in a blog post.
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