Paytm Lashes Back After Google Play Store Removes App

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New Delhi: Paytm accused Alphabet Inc.’s Google of violating competition rules after it removed the rival’s app from its Play Store on Friday for allegedly infringing its gambling policies.

“You’ve got a player which regulates India’s digital ecosystem, while competing with many companies in the same ecosystem,” said Madhur Deora, president, One97 Communications Pvt., which owns Paytm. “They have all the levers and can decide which app can be brought down and when — how is that not a problem?”

Google Pay competes against SoftBank Group Corp.- and Ant Group Co.-backed Paytm, which was last valued at $16 billion, making it India’s most valuable startup.

A spokeswoman for Google said the app had been removed for violating its policies on online gambling.

“We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting,” the search giant said on its official India blog. “This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies.” It declined to comment on Paytm’s specific charges.

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