UC Browser gets temporarily delisted on the Play Store for 'misleading' users

Hundreds of Android apps might be removed from the Google Play ...

Google seems to have taken down the UC Browser application from Play Store, although UC Web's other offering - the UC Browser Mini - is still available for download.

Alibaba-owned UC Browser is no longer available for download from the Play Store.

"There have been complaints against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of its users in India to server in China". In addition, it is the sixth most downloaded Android app in India. As well as being a hugely popular alternative to Google Chrome in its home region, UC Browser has an enormous base in India. UC Web claims that it has up to 100 million total monthly active users in India. As a result, its removal is a shocking step to say the least.

On Reddit, where I first came across this news a few hours ago, there seems to be some consensus that UC Browser might have been engaged in some shady practices.

On the other hand, a Twitter user who claims to work with UC Browser has said that, "I work for UC Browser; I got mail today morning it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play store for 30 days because it used "Misleading" and "Unhealthy" methods of promotion to increase installs". The reason appears to be misleading campaigns UC Browser was running. Back in 2015, Canadian technology research group Citizen Lab reported that the application was providing critical personal information, including location, mobile number and device details, to third-party applications. UCWeb has previously denied any wrongdoing, stating that it "will not do anything to breach the trust of our users" and that it takes "security and privacy very seriously".

However, the Official UC Browser Mini is still there and can be downloaded.

There's certainly more to this story and we'll be keeping an eye out for any official word on the matter.

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