Google Removed Over 700K Apps From Play Store In 2017

Google has recently announced the removal of over 700K malicious apps from the Google Play Store. Google also revealed that they not only removed the bad apps but also took action against the apps with abusive contents.
 
As the company stated 
 
In 2017, we took down more than 700,000 apps that violated the Google Play policies, 70% more than the apps taken down in 2016. Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and action against them earlier. In fact, 99% of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them. This was possible through significant improvements in our ability to detect abuse - such as impersonation, inappropriate content, or malware - through new machine learning models and techniques.”
 
So, they made it possible to detect abuse via their new machine learning models and techniques. Google took action on these kinds of bad apps-
  • Copycats or impersonating apps
  • Apps with inappropriate content
  • Fraud apps or Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs)
The company has told that they are looking more seriously over this issue and moving forward to adding more enhanced capabilities to their algorithms so as to detect and eliminate malicious apps and developers. The company also assures to make Google Play the most trusted and safe app store.
 
You can read the whole statement on the Official Android Blog.
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