Google reinstates Paytm to the Play Store - here's the full timeline

Breaking! Paytm removed from Google Play Store, here’s why

Among the top three operators are Walmart's PhonePe, Paytm and Google Pay. Paytm says that its Android app is temporarily not available on Google Play Store for any new downloads and updates.

However, Google released a statement saying that it doesn't allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting.

Google published a blog post shortly after removing Paytm from the Play Store stating that any app that doesn't conform to its gambling policies will be removed. While the primary app has been removed from Google's Play Store, other Paytm apps such as Paytm for business, Paytm Mall, Paytm Money, etc - continue to be present on the Google Play Store.

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In response to Google's move, Paytm reiterated that all activities on Paytm were completely lawful and added, "We recently launched the "Paytm Cricket League" on our consumer app for users to engage in their passion of cricket and get cashback". "In case there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action, which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts".

Why did Google ban Paytm from the Play Store? Many suspected that the Indian government has banned Paytm in India as a part of its crackdown on Chinese apps and apps with Chinese affiliates. But Google is claiming that the company can't entertain the gambling apps.

According to Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the removal of the app was due to the addition of the new Cricket League, which offered several prizes in the form of cashbacks. He categorically mentioned that the company won't allow an app that encourages or incentivises users to remove disable third-party apps or modify device or feature settings. But with the app back on the Play Store, you can install it as you would any other service. Paytm told users on Twitter, some of whom had expressed concerns about their money in the company's digital wallet and bank. In April, Paytm First Games had announced that it had had 5 million downloads during the lockdown.

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