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ADIF accuses Google of trying to intimidate Indian developers with exploitative policies




Google trying to intimidate Indian developers with its exploitative
policies: ADIF

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) The Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) has criticized Google for delisting apps and accused the tech giant of trying to intimidate and coerce developers challenging its policies. The ADIF hopes for a fair resolution of the payment policy issue affecting Indian startups.

According to the ADIF, Google’s actions show “complete disregard for the ongoing legal proceedings and the interests of the Indian app ecosystem.” The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) also urged Google not to delist Indian companies’ apps from Play Store, as several firms have received notices.

Google claims that some companies have not paid for the value they receive on Google Play and are likely to be removed for not complying with new policies. The ADIF argues that Google’s actions threaten the entire Indian digital sector and calls for respect for the rule of law in India before taking further action.


The industry is concerned about Google’s dominance and monopoly in the market, as the issue affects not only a few developers but the broader digital ecosystem in India. The ADIF and IAMAI emphasize the importance of fairness and adherence to legal processes in resolving the payment policy matter impacting Indian startups.

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