A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Google has removed 46 apps by Baidu-owned Chinese development company DO Global for using fraudulent tactics in the applications. Google claimed that at least six of these apps contained code which triggered fake clicks on advertisements without any user intervention, allowing DO Global to generate fake revenue.
Now, in response to Google's accusations, DO Global has published a statement apologizing for its actions.
While the Chinese developer hasn't explained why it employed fraudulent code in its applications, it has apologized for its actions, saying that it "fully understands and accepts" Google's decisions. The detailed statement can be read below:
In the past week, we have noticed a series of reports about our apps by the media. We fully understand the seriousness of the allegations. As such, we immediately conducted an internal investigation on this matter. We regret to find irregularities in some of our products’ use of AdMob advertisements. Given this, we fully understand and accept Google's decision. Moreover, we have actively cooperated with them by doing a thorough examination of every app involved.
We would like to thank the media, our partners, and the public for their support. Moving forward, we will strictly follow relevant regulations and continue conducting a comprehensive review of our products. Lastly, during this process, we have caused misunderstandings and great concern due to our being unable to communicate in a timely manner and provide complete information. We offer our sincere apologies.
It is important to note that while all removed apps were published under different names, they were all developed by DO Global. Prior to the removal, the developer's numerous apps in the Play Store had collectively accumulated nearly 600 million downloads. Initially, it was speculated that Google would ban the company for violating terms of the Play Store, it remains to be seen what the tech firm does now given DO Global's public apology.