Google has suspended two apps from Apple's Google Play appeal store among the claims that they could have been used in an ad fraud system.
Based on an internal survey, Google has suspended
Inc.'s CM File Manager app and Kika Tech Inc. keyboard app after BuzzFeed News reported last week that more apps from Chinese companies have allegedly exploited user rights so developers can Unjustly claim credit to have requested the download.
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said Tuesday it found that both apps appeared to have implemented installation attribute abuse using native code instead of a third party, which indicates that the listing could have been intentional. Google's independent investigation of the matter is ongoing, the company says.
BuzzFeed reported Monday that Google removed the two apps from the Play Store.
"We take these allegations very seriously, and our Google Play developers prohibit misleading and malicious behavior on our platform. If an app violates our policies, we'll take action," Google spokesman said Tuesday.
BuzzFeed has reported that eight apps, including seven of Cheetahs and one of Kika, were affected by the alleged scam scheme. Overall, these apps were downloaded more than 2 billion times and claim more than 700 million active users this month, according to BuzzFeed.
"As the latest news indicates, Google agrees with our findings and we are stuck behind our reporting," said a spokesperson for BuzzFeed Tuesday.
Cheetah has said there were "many false and misleading statements" in previous BuzzFeed articles. The company added that it did not have "control over these third party advertising platforms."
Kika, an artificial intelligence keyboard developer, now based in San Jose, California, was rejected last week as "false" claims as it had engaged in the fake advertising practice called click killing.
Cheetah said Tuesday that it examines all its programs and software development kits integrated into these apps. The company has also established a Business Integrity Committee, headed by CFO Vincent Jiang.
"The company takes the current case very seriously and is in continuous communication with Google Play to resolve any issues that may arise," the company said a press release. Cheetah added that it is committed to complying with all relevant Google policies, laws and regulations.
Cheetah has also temporarily removed two other apps, Battery Doctor and CM Locker, from Google Play because the target programming interface ̵
File management generated less than $ 58,000 in the third quarter, accounting for 0.03% of the Company's total revenue, said Cheetah, adding that it is "fully sure of the long-term outlook for its business."
US receipts for Cheetah dropped 2.7% to $ 5.97 in Tuesday trading, which led to a decline over the past 12 months to 49%.
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