Few days ago, I published an article on 8 Popular android apps that have been committing ad fraud and information I’ve gathered reveals that Google has removed two popular Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps after an investigation sparked by BuzzFeed.
Google removed the two popular Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps from its Playstore after finding “deceptive and malicious behavior” that was first outlined in a BuzzFeed News report last week. According to Google, an internal investigation found that CM File Manager and the Kika Keyboard contain code used to execute ad fraud techniques known as click injection and/or click flooding.
A Google spokesperson said:
“We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behavior on our platform. If an app violates our policies, we take action.”
Even though Google have removed both apps from its Playstore, Cheetah and Kika can both appeal the decision.
The two removed apps, CM File Manager and the Kika Keyboard, have been downloaded from the Google Playstore more than 250 million times, according to app analytics service AppBrain. The Kika Keyboard is the top keyboard app in the Play store, and Cheetah Mobile is one of the biggest developers of apps in the entire Android ecosystem, when measured by downloads.
Neither company immediately responded to a request for comment, but this story will be updated if they do.