Google removes two Cheetah Mobile, Kika apps after ad fraud allegation

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"We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behaviour on our platform".

The tech giant told BuzzFeed News that these two apps contain code used that can execute ad fraud techniques like click injection and click flooding.

Though the two companies can appeal the decision by Google, the two companies are now also been removed from its AdMob mobile advertising network.

Aside from removing CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard from the Play Store, Google has reportedly delisted them from the AdMob mobile advertising network too.

Google is still continuing to investigate the two apps and will take additional action. The fraud scheme, which Google calls 'install attribution abuse', involves a developer claiming a share of the revenue generated by app downloads despite playing no role in guiding users to install the app.

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Cheetah Mobile, which supplies the successful apps Clean Master, Security Master and Battery Doctor, is now embroiled in a scandal initiated by an investigative report on BuzzFeed News.

Out of the list, Battery Doctor and CM Launcher apps were also removed by Cheetah Mobile last week itself.

The report states that according to app analytics firm AppBrain, CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard together have been downloaded more than 250 million times.

The two applications can be put back on the Play Store, after providing Google all evidence of having removed all traces of malicious software.

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