Google has removed 700,000 malicious apps from Google Play Store for violating its policies. As compared to 2016, it took more than 70% of the apps and also removed 100,000 bad developers in 2017. The apps were removed by using machine learning techniques like impersonation, inappropriate content, and malware.
Google Removed 700,000 Bad Apps & 100,000 Bad Developers in 2017.
On Tuesday, The search engine giant Google has announced that Google Play in 2017 took some strict action against “Bad Apps” by removing them and also the developers account from the Google play store.
On their Android Developers blog, Google mentioned that they have used machine learning models and techniques to identify the “Bad Apps” such as impersonation, malicious, malware, inappropriate to take down 700,000 apps with 100,000 developers.
The Product Manager of Google Play Andrew Ahn said in a blog post that “Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and take action against them earlier,”. However, we found 99% of apps with abusive contents and also rejected before any user could install them, also added.
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Google removed those apps which consist of inappropriate content that violate their policies such as extreme violence, illegal activities, pornography, and hate. The apps have been identified and removed with the help of Google’s advanced machine learning models and techniques. It also helps to identify repeat offenders and abusive developer networks at scale.
This also impersonating popular apps by “Copycats” attempt to deceive users. They do this by simply analysing the impersonating apps to the Google Play Store through deceptive ways as confusable unique characters and hiding impersonating app icons in the different locations.
“10,000 apps with inappropriate content were removed in 2016 as a result of such improved detection methods,” the Google said.
There is harmful Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs) malware, that can harm people or their devices such as SMS fraud, act as trojans viruses or phishing user’s sensitive information. “With the introduction of Google Play Protect in 2017, the annual PHA installs rates on Google Play was decreased by 50%,” the article said.
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