Paytm, which is India’s dominant digital payments start-up, has now made its way back on Google Store hours after it was taken down from the app store for allegedly violating gambling policies.
“Update: And we’re back!” said Paytm in a brief tweet.
On Friday, in a blog post the company said that they launched ‘Paytm Cricket League’ and that they were in violation of the Play Store policies on gambling.
“We recently launched the ‘Paytm Cricket League’ on our consumer app for users to engage in their passion of cricket and get cashback. The game allows users to get player stickers after each transaction, collect them and receive Paytm Cashback. Today afternoon, we received communication from Google that they are suspending our app because they believe this to be a violation of their Play Store policies on gambling. The Paytm Android app has thus been unlisted from Google’s Play Store and is temporarily unavailable to users for new downloads or updates,” the company stated earlier.
Paytm also informed that they have removed the cashback component in order to comply with the Google policy.
Why was Paytm banned?
The app was taken down by Google because it violated Google’s complex rules which revolved around online gambling, contests with cash prizes, and not due to any security issues.
It is interesting to note that all the other apps which are owned by One97 communications including Paytm For Business, Paytm Money, Paytm Mall, among others were still available on Google Play Store apart from Paytm.
There have been a number of sources which claim that Google had reportedly warned Paytm before taking the app down from Play Store. A source within Google said that they had worked with developers and had reached out to Paytm in order to fix the issues with the app. However, even after a number of attempts, Paytm made repeated violations of the Google policy.