Google has removed ToTok, a popular messaging app from its platform. The company has taken this step because it was being used by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to monitor users.
It was removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in December. The information of the users who were installing this app on their phones was being tracked.
According to a report from 9to5Google, Google has removed this app from its Play Store. According to US officials, this app has been downloaded millions of times in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and North America.
At the same time, according to app ranking and research firm App Annie, this app has become the most downloaded app in the US social apps only last week.
An investigation by a New York firm found out that the company making this app is Breej Holding. The report found that the company was working closely with DarkMatter.
DarkMatter is a cyber intelligence and hacking firm based in Abu Dhabi that is already under FBI investigation into cybercrime.
Let me tell you that earlier a report came out that Google had removed 1.9 billion apps from its platform. Google had introduced its malware protection Google Play Protect, which removed more than 1.9 million i.e. 190 million malware apps in the year 2019.
It has been reported that such apps are installed through non-Google App Store, online gaming and adult websites.