According to Google, Play Store prohibits online casinos and other unregulated gambling apps that facilitate or promote sports betting in India. Paytm’s umbrella app promotes fantasy sports, which has repeatedly violated Google’s Play Store policies
Paytm says, “we were forced to comply with Google’s mandate of removing our UPI cashback offer and scratch cards to get re-listed.” The blog states that suddenly UPI cashback is now being termed as an “online casino” by Google
Calling the removal of its application from the Google Play Store ‘unjustified’, Paytm on Sunday alleged that the U.S.-headquartered technology firm “arm twisted” it to remove a UPI cashback scheme even as its own digital payments app — Google Pay, has been running a similar promotion
Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma accused the tech giant of being the “judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one”. It’s a ‘Google-nirbhar bharat not Atmanirbhar Bharat,’
He says Google considers our giving out stickers to our customers, which can be used to avail cashback, as gambling. “If giving cashback is gambling, I don’t know what to say,”
Update: And we’re back!
— Paytm (@Paytm) September 18, 2020
This was the status where the Paytm page on Twitter announced their comeback with a tweet. It was posted 5 days ago.
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