Google removes two Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after ad fraud allegation

Google Play Store Play Store removes Kika Keyboard CM Launcher pulled down app install attribution Cheetah Mobiles top Play Store apps CM Clean Master third party app installs Kochava ad click fraud Play Store app fraud Kika Tech Play Store app

As many as seven Cheetah Mobiles apps including Clean Master and Battery Doctor were spotted performing the ‘app injection’ fraud

Admittedly, Google does not control its application store as required and on Android you can easily install many malicious apps which infect our devices. After internal investigation, Google has reportedly confirmed that it has removed two of the apps from the list- CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard.

Google Play has announced its Best Apps of 2018, a list that includes a good number of games released on the mobile platform this year. "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", a Google spokesperson was quoted as saying by BuzzFeed News.

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The report states that according to app analytics firm AppBrain, CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard together have been downloaded more than 250 million times.

The company even said it's prepared to take legal action against research agency Kochava, which uncovered the fraudulent behavior in CM apps.

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Though the two companies can appeal the decision by Google, the two companies are now also been removed from its AdMob mobile advertising network.

After the findings were brought to Google's attention, two of the fraudulent apps were scrutinized and have now been removed from the Play Store. But news that Google found dodgy code within a Cheetah Mobile app seemingly contradicts the developer's claims of third-party SDKs being to blame. Google has allowed users to vote for their favorite app, game, and movie, while all the other categories have been chosen by Google based on their performance in the Play Store, and truth be said, none of these comes as a huge surprise.

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