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Days after Mitron app, Google removes TikTok rival Zynn from Play Store

Google has removed yet another app from Play Store trying to imitate TikTok. The tech giant has now removed Zynn, a Chinese clone of the photo-sharing app.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | June 11, 2020 | Updated 14:50 IST

Highlights

  • Google has now removed Zynn, a Chinese clone of the video-sharing app.
  • The Zynn app has been accused of plagiarism.
  • This has happened days after Google removed the Indian alternative of TikTok, Mitron app. 

Google has removed yet another app from Play Store trying to imitate TikTok. The tech giant has now removed Zynn, a Chinese clone of the video-sharing app. The app has been accused of plagiarism. This has happened days after Google removed the Indian alternative of TikTok, Mitron app.

As per a report published in Wired, many TikTok users have alleged that their content was uploaded on Zynn without their consent. Users have also complained that their accounts have been cloned completely on the Zynn app. Their name, pictures, and videos have started appearing on the clone app and the people have no idea how their content got transported to the app without their permission.

Zynn became one of the most downloaded apps in the US after it was launched in the first week of May. The app was launched on Google Play Store and App Store. In both platforms, it featured under the top ten most downloaded app. While the is not available on Google Play Store, App Store still has the Zynn app.

The reason behind Zynn's sudden growth was its reward programme where the users got paid for watching videos on the app and for also making other users download the app. As the report, users got $1 for joining the app, $20 for getting another user to join the app, and $10 for making five other users join the app

Talking about its payments scheme, a Zynn spokesperson had told The Financial Times, "We didn't want to pay giant corporations like Facebook or Google so we used the exact same amount of money to pay our frontline users instead. Our app will only have value and significance with a large number of users on it." They had also admitted having "lapses in this area" and the company further said that they are "in communications with Google and working to fix this ASAP."

Google is yet to issue an official statement about the removal of the app from the Play Store.

Earlier, Google had removed two emerging apps in India— The Mitron app and the Remove China Apps. While the Mitron app found its way back to the play store, Remove China app might never make a comeback on Google's platform.

The app was restored on Play Store after the developers of Mitron adhered to the guidelines issued by Google and made changes accordingly. The app has tweaked the design and also updated the Privacy Policy page. The promoter website was also built and updated.

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