Indians, vocal in their support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s self-reliance and local push, were inspired to look for home-enhanced alternatives in international organizations and services. With an anti-Tiktok narrative inspired by the protest against the boycott of Chinese services, a short video and social platform Maitron has gained a lot of popularity. The app has garnered more than 5 million downloads in a single month, but its reputation has been short-lived.
Following the success of Maitron, the application was the subject of multiple controversies – one that even originated in Pakistan. Google has removed Mitron from the Play Store as another major blow to the developers of the controversial redistributed Pakistani app – it has halted its growing downloads.
Maitron and its controversy
Micron IIT-Rurki alumnus Shivank Agarwal and his team left Bangalore and launched in April. The app’s miraculous resemblance to TickTock helped many users move into the new home-developed app, but it was the anti-TickTock attitude that led to its initial success and translated it without mentioning the PM’s word ‘Maitron’. Friends, used in his speech.
News18 dug deeper into the source of the app, which sparked the controversy. It bought the entire source code of Mitron, its features and interface from a Pakistani software developer called Cuboxus.
Irfan Sheikh, the founder of Quebec, confirmed that the source code of Maitron was sold for 34 34 (about Rs 2,600). He said the developers took the right product and simply changed the logo and uploaded it to the Play Store. However, the app was widely promoted as an Indian-made app, which caused quite a stir after its release.
In another debate surrounding the app, CNBC failed to find any digital presence of IIT-Roorkee alumnus Shivank Agarwal, founder of the Micron app. This has raised some questions. But what happened next raised the red flag.
Why did Google remove Matron from the Play Store?
CNBC reported that Google has decided to suspend it for violating its “Spam and Minimal Effectiveness” policy in order to understand Google’s due diligence before allowing the Maitron app on the Play Store.
Applications must provide users with initial functionality and a respectable user experience, and can also be referred to as repeatable content, which means that copying from another application without adding any original content or values violates Google’s rules.
CyberExpert has warned those who have downloaded the Maitron application to be concerned about their privacy.