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Google mulls removing apps by 10 companies in India for not paying service fee

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Mar 01, 2024 11:31 AM IST

Google is considering the removal of 10 applications from its Play Store in India for not paying its service fee to the company.

Alphabet Inc's Google will enforce action against the apps of 10 companies for not paying a service fee for the usage of its app store platform in India, including potentially de-listing their apps, the tech giant said on Friday.

Google is considering the removal of 10 Indian apps from the Play Store.(REUTERS)
Google is considering the removal of 10 Indian apps from the Play Store.(REUTERS)

Google did not name the companies in question.

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Companies including Walt Disney and Tinder-owner Match have previously sued Google over its policy of imposing a "service fee" of 11%-26% on in-app payments in India.

Google introduced the service fee after an antitrust directive ruled against an earlier 15%-30% fee and forced it to allow third-party payments.

Companies have said Google's new service fee system is just a cloaked version of the earlier system.

"For an extended period of time, 10 companies, including many well-established ones, have chosen to not pay for the immense value they receive on Google Play by securing interim protections from court," Google said in a blog post.

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