Totok was reintroduced in January but deleted again
Google pulled the ToTok chat app from the Play Store for the second time. The app is said to be a surveillance tool for the United Arab Emirates. The app was previously removed from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store in December, just before the New York Times released a report on it. Google secretly reintroduced the app in January. The app seems to have remained unavailable in the App Store.
9to5Google reported the news of ToTok’s acquisition earlier today. Google confirmed that it had taken down the app, but did not provide any clarification as to why. According to the Times, for violating unspecified policies has dropped ToTok for the first time.
ToTok is a messaging app that has offered “quick, free, and secure” messages and calls, and has been installed by millions in the UAE and throughout the Middle East. Just before it was pulled from the App Store and Play Store in December, the app was one of the most successful social apps in the US. But the NYT investigation revealed that the app authorised the UAE government to spy on users.
ToTok refuted “vicious rumours” in a statement published in December, stating that “not only do we respect privacy and ensure security, our users also have the complete control over what data they want to share at their discretion.”