Google removes Taliban app from Play Store

Google-removes-Taliban-app-(IANS) Search engine giant Google has confirmed that the company has removed an app created by the Taliban from its Play Store that the group had published last week.

A spokesperson for Google confirmed the app has been removed but declined to comment further on the app in question

“While we do not comment on specific apps, we can confirm that our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. That is why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Google’s developer policy for the Play Store prohibits apps that promote hate speech, violence and illegal activities.

Taliban app drew flak from all quarters with several institutions expressing concern that it may be a tool for the terror outfits to become popular.

Initially, SITE — an organisation that tracks the online activity of terrorist organisations, reported the existence of the app on Play Store.

Google implemented a review process for Android developers last year, requiring that apps go through an approval process prior to making their way to the Play Store.

Last year the company removed several apps with Confederate flag imagery, the report said.

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