Google has removed the alleged spying app ToTok from Play Store for the second time
According to multiple news reports, the app was removed because it was a spying tool for the United Arab Emirates. The app was also removed from the play store.
This is however not the first time it was removed, it was pulled down from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December for violating unspecified policies. Google quietly replaced the app in January.
Google confirmed the fact that it took down the app, but the company did not provide any explanation as to why.
ToTok is a messaging app that promised “fast, free, and secure” messages and calls and was downloaded by millions in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East. Before the app was removed from the Play Store and App Store in December, it was the most downloaded social apps in the US. ‘
During NYT’s investigation about the app, it was discovered that the app allowed the UAE government to spy on users.
ToTok who denied the allegation in a statement released by them in December “[n]ot only do we respect privacy and ensure security, our users also have the complete control over what data they want to share at their own discretion.”