Patanjali Ayurveda alleges that top multinational companies are conspiring against its swadeshi messaging app, Kimbho. The company launched the beta version of the app on the Google play store, which was removed by Google within 24 hours without any notice.
S.K.Tijarawala, a Patanjali Ayurved spokesperson made the allegations in a tweet. He alleged that the app has been taken down from the Google Play store without any notice and citing any reason to the company.
#पतंजलि स्वदेशी @KimbhoApp विदेशी कंपनियों के षड़यंत्र का शिकार हो गया है। असुविधा के लिए खेद है। #किम्भो एप अतिशीघ्र पुनः प्रारम्भ होगा।#Patanjali #kimbho App has fallen victim of conspiracy of foreign companies #MNCs
We regret the inconveniences.
It will be back soon @ANI pic.twitter.com/b4FdHhIAHb
— Tijarawala SK (@tijarawala) August 16, 2018
However, as mentioned in Google Play Store’s policy, Google is not required to send any warnings prior to suspension or termination of any app from the store. The policy states that “Once your app is removed, the published version of your app won’t be available on Google Play until a compliant updated is submitted.”
Delhi High Court has earlier asked Google, Facebook and YouTube to remove the alleged defamatory content posted on the social media platforms about Baba Ramdev and Patanjali’s ayurvedic products.
Google has not yet responded to e-mails sent by various media outlets.
Haridwar-based FMCG giant uploaded the trial version of Kimbho app to Google play store for downloads on Wednesday, almost two months after it was taken down earlier. The company also said that the app will be launched officially on August 27 after a successful trial and fix the shortcomings.
On May 31 this year, Patanjali had removed Kimbho, which means ‘how are you’ or ‘what’s up’ in Sanskrit, from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store just a day after launch, saying it was released only for a one-day trial. At that time, several technical experts had pointed out security flaws in the app.
Patanjali is pitching ‘Kimbho’ as a competitor to Facebook-owned Whatsapp. Patanjali, known for its range of FMCG products, had claimed that Kimbho had witnessed around 1.5 lakh downloads in the first three hours.