Indian Tech Entrepreneurs Call For Action After Google Removes Apps From Play Store

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Google’s removal of popular Indian apps sparks outcry from tech entrepreneurs, accusing the tech giant of monopolistic practices and calling for intervention to protect the Indian startup ecosystem.

Indian entrepreneurs including Anupam Mittal and Sanjeev Bikhchandani condemned the removal of major apps from Google Play Store.

Google’s recent decision to remove several popular apps from the Play Store belonging to Indian developers has ignited a firestorm of criticism and calls for action from key figures in the Indian startup ecosystem. The move, citing “non-compliance with billing policies,” has impacted prominent names like, Bharat Matrimony, Truly Madly, and QuackQuack, alongside entertainment and streaming platforms like STAGE, ALTT, and Kuku FM.

A “Dark Day” for Indian Internet

Anupam Mittal, founder of and a judge on Shark Tank India, expressed strong disapproval, calling the app removals a “dark day for India’s Internet.” He questioned Google’s timing, highlighting that legal proceedings regarding the dispute are ongoing at the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Supreme Court.

Mittal accused Google of employing “false narratives” and displaying “audacity” with “little regard for India.” He further compared Google to the “new Digital East India Co,” referring to the historical British monopolistic trade company, and urged users to join the fight against “EvilGoogle” using the hashtag.

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