Google removes Paytm from play store over policy violation

In a huge blow to Paytm, Google said it has removed home-grown app from the Play Store for violation of its policy on sport betting activities.

However, there will be no impact on existing users of the app. Paytm has grown immensely in India in late 2016.

Google said “The app was blocked for violation of play policies – a clarification of our policy was released earlier today ahead of the IPL tournament.”

Google also said that only the app availability on Play Store is impacted and there is no impact on users.

In a tweet, Paytm said 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,” it added.

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“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,” the blog post said.

According to the blog post, these policies are in place to protect users from potential harm.

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Google said when an app violates these policies, it notifies the developer of the violation and removes the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance.

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