Mitron TV app, the Indian version of the famous TikTok app has been suspended from the Google Play Store for unknown reasons. The app was in talks for its growth hack amassing more than 5 million downloads within just a few weeks.
While the exact reason for the suspension of the app is not confirmed by Google yet, a CNBC-TV18 report suggests that the app violated Google’s ‘spam and minimum functionality’ policy. As per the policy, any app on the Play Store should provide users with respectful user experience and shouldn’t copy the content of other apps.
Despite having many bugs, the app gained popularity at a time when boycotting Chinese products in on the rise in the country. The Chinese video-sharing app TikTok faced a backlash from its Indian users following the trend and the negative sentiments against the Chinese app helped Mitron gain immense popularity.
The Mitron app has similar functionalities like TikTok to an extent that users started calling it a clone of the Bytedance-owned TikTok.
A recent report revealed that Shopkiller, the owner of the Mitron app, purchased the source code of the app from a Pakistan-based software development company Qboxus for about $34. According to Qboxus, Mitron is a re-branded version of TicTic, which is a short video app made by the Pakistan-based software company.
Suspension of apps from the Play Store is not new. In the past week, the payment app Mobikwik was suspended for promoting Aarogya Setu app to its users. However, the app was restored after it removed the promotion.