Android apps for Cheetah Mobile and Kika are reportedly being kicked off Google's Play Store.
CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard together have over 250 million downloads on the Play Store, which indicates that the revenue pocketed illegally by the two apps must be huge. "We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behavior on our platform. If an app violates our policies, we take action", Google told the publication.
'The activity was first documented in seven Cheetah apps and one from Kika Tech by Kochava, an app analytics and attribution company that shared its research with BuzzFeed News, ' reported BuzzFeed. More specifically, it was alleged that the apps instituted click flooding and click injection while running, enabling them to "take credit" for new subsequent installs on the affected devices. This was done in order to claim a bounty or fee for driving installations. This level of control seems more important now than ever so let's dive into what ... The developer Cheetah Mobile has defended itself by saying that it has no control over the companies that provide the advertisements included in the app, but it is still hard to believe that it did not know anything, given that it is clear how it could make a considerable profit from the situation.More news: This New Test Could Detect All Types of Cancer in Just Minutes
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Cheetah also admitted that it "proactively" removed two advertising SDKs from its apps.
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