You might not get surprised to know that some app developers are allowing sinister users to peek into users’ phone. On the contrary, Google has banned another vague wave of apps from the Play Store. The tech giant has removed multiple people-tracking Android apps from the Play Store. Besides, Google has barred a Chinese app developer in the account of breaching its policies. Reportedly, the tech-giant has blocked CooTek. It is a company listed on the NYSE and likely famous for its TouchPal keyboard replacement. Now the Chinese app maker will have no longer access to Google’s ad platform. Reportedly, the company has claims of flooding users with unwanted ads even after assuring to stop.
According to the news reported by BuzzFeed, a large number of CooTek apps use an invasive adware plugin – BeiTaAd. The news arrives weeks after it was first shown that over 200 CooTek apps contain adware that makes users’ devices almost useless. Lookout, a security firm had found more than 200 offensive apps included a safely hidden adware plugin. Kristina Balaam, a researcher at Lookout, analyzed the apps developed by CooTek. The study reveals the plugin sent aggressive ads to users. In the beginning, the plugin, BeiTaAd kept quiet for a few days. After passing a period of two weeks, it uses to start flooding obstructive ads. The app bombarded ads even when the user does not use the phone or the app. Kristina notes it could make the phones nearly unusable.
Google, under Google Play developer policies, does not allow malicious and fraudulent practices, including troublemaking ads. After finding the violation, Google has banned the Chinese app developer, which has failed to follow the rules. Even more, the app maker overlooked Google’s notifications to keep going its wrongdoing. Whereas, CooTek apologized and uploaded the latest versions of its app. At the time the Chinese app developer promised the updated apps do not include so-called malicious ads code. Thus Google allowed the apps back into its Play Store. But BuzzFeed and Lookout eventually found that many of the updated apps include the code that enabled same ads. So Google has had to take strong action against Chinese developers for breaching Play Store app policies.