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Google delists Indian apps due to non-compliance with payment policies

In a TV interview, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, owner of InfoEdge, which includes Naukri and 99Acres, clarified that the Google notice doesn't confirm delisting but highlights the risk for non-compliance. He stated they've been compliant since February 9, following the Supreme Court order, with all Google invoices settled promptly

Google delists Indian apps due to non-compliance with payment policies

Google has removed 23 apps developed by Indian companies from its platform due to non-compliance with payment policies. This move has affected businesses that depend on the Android platform. The delisted apps include all thirteen from Matrimony.com (such as Bharat Matrimony, Kerala Matrimony, and Jodii), three from InfoEdge (Naukri.com, Naukri Recruiter, and 99Acres), People Interactive’s Shaadi.com, Alt Balaji’s streaming service ALTT, as well as the streaming services aha and Stage.

 

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has requested a meeting with representatives from Google on Monday to address a dispute between the tech giant and certain Indian companies regarding non-compliance with billing policies.

 

On Friday, Google removed applications from 10 Indian companies, citing disagreements over service fee payments. The affected apps included matrimony services like Bharat Matrimony and the job search app Naukri, exacerbating the ongoing concerns of Indian startups regarding Google's practices, particularly concerning in-app fee charges.

 

This signifies a significant intensification in the strained relationship between the Internet giant and certain Indian app developers who have voiced their opposition to Google's policy of imposing a commission ranging from 11-26% on in-app payments. However, rulings by both the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court earlier this year essentially granted Google the authority to either levy the fee or remove the apps.

 

The source further clarified the perceived non-compliance by these apps, stating that they have not implemented payment systems capable of immediately segregating the commission charged by Google for each in-app payment. It is common practice for Google and the developers of apps listed on its Play Store to adhere to a monthly payment reconciliation cycle.

 


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