NEW DELHI: Google on Friday removed the payments app Paytm from its Android store, citing violations of its gambling policy by the Indian fintech unicorn, which is backed by SoftBank, Alibaba and Berkshire Hathaway among others.
“We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting,” the U.S. tech company said in a blog post. “This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes,” said Alphabet Inc’s Google, in the blog post. “It is a violation of our policies.”
Meanwhile, Twitter has been flooded with memes and jokes as soon as news broke about Google removing the e-commerce payment system from its Play store.
We bring to you some of the reactions:
2020 me or kuch dekna bacha ha kya__
— ankit singh (@SkUlL__AnKiTs) September 18, 2020
— Aatmanirbhar (@AAT_MAN_NIRBHAR) September 18, 2020
— Rani Kumari(sai) (@Ranikumari674) September 18, 2020
Kahe faltu ka gambling karte ho. India ka sabse bada bank ho na user base ke hisab se ! Thodi maryada rakhiye _
— akkad khan (@akkadkhan) September 18, 2020
Send to my paytm number, 25 din mei paisa double.
— Sunil Kumar Mali (@im_skm) September 18, 2020
Paytm to Binod Nikala _
— Ravan (@SakhtWarrior) September 18, 2020
— Guree (@Guree69606201) September 18, 2020
#Paytm removed from playstore
Me who had _10 in Paytm wallet pic.twitter.com/Cm9bzLbRM5
— Mohd Saif (@mohdsaifaps) September 18, 2020
Paytm gets removed from playstore
Dream11 Vs PaytmFirstGames pic.twitter.com/czUexKrphR
— ____ (@Samcasm7) September 18, 2020
— _______ _ (@rishabh_memes) September 18, 2020
— Sarcastic Boi (@sarcasticboitwt) September 18, 2020
— ______ (@ibharatbishnoi) September 18, 2020
#Paytm removed from Playstore..
Meanwhile me with 13.61 Rs. in my wallet.. _ pic.twitter.com/8T33PPk8yO
— harshal patel (@harshal034) September 18, 2020
Meanwhile, hours after being pulled off by Google from its Play Store for allegedly violating its policy repeatedly, the digital payments major Paytm App on Friday was back on the Play Store. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Paytm said, “Update: And we’re back!”