Paytm app back on Google Play store after removing for policy breach

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On Friday morning, Google removed the Paytm app from the Play store and said that it would not allow apps facilitating sports betting 

Google Play store restored the Paytm app within a few hours after removing it for allegedly violating its policy on sports betting activities.

The Softbank-backed Paytm announced the restoration of its app on the Play store in a tweet.

The India-based e-commerce payment system’s app was restored on the Google Play store on Friday evening after Paytm removed the 'cashback' feature from a recently-launched game on the application.

"Update: And we're back!," Paytm said in the tweet.

On Friday morning, Google removed the Paytm app from the Play store. However, users who had already downloaded the app could continue using the services.

In the afternoon, Paytm informed in a tweet, “Paytm Android app is temporarily unavailable on Google's Play Store for new downloads or updates. It will be back very soon. All your money is completely safe, and you can continue to enjoy your Paytm app as normal.”

"The app was blocked for violation of Play policies - a clarification of our policy was released earlier today ahead of the IPL tournament," reported PTI citing a Google e-mail.

Google said in a blog post earlier in the day that that would not allow apps facilitating sports betting and will remove such apps from the Play store.

These policies are in place to protect users from potential harm, it added.

"We don't allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. 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," the Google blog post said.

With inputs from agency

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