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Google has removed near 60 apps from China's CooTek & Banned them on AdMob for engaging in malicious ad Practices

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A report from Hong Kong confirms that Google has removed around 60 apps developed by the Shanghai-based, U.S.-listed software firm CooTek from its Play store and banned the company from its advertising platform, Google AdMob, for allegedly engaging in alleged malicious ad practices.

 

CooTek, whose products include the popular TouchPal Chinese-language keyboard and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, denies the allegations but confirmed Wednesday in a press release that its apps have been "temporarily disabled" by Google’s platforms.

 

The move will not affect current users of CooTek’s apps, versions of which will remain available on Chinese app markets, the company added.

 

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CooTek said in a company press release said that "CooTek remains committed to upholding the highest standards in the industry and complying with Google Play developer policies."

 

China's Caixin Global also noted in their report that this isn’t the first time Google has taken action against developers with ties to China. Do Global — a developer partly owned by Baidu Inc. — and Cheetah Mobile were both hit with similar bans in April and November, respectively.

 

A simple search in Apple's App store shows that social networking and utility apps are still available.

 

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