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07 December, 2018, 16:10 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Cheetah Mobile, which supplies the successful apps Clean Master, Security Master and Battery Doctor, is now embroiled in a scandal initiated by an investigative report on BuzzFeed News. That was just one of the technique, they had several other methods and did them without obtaining the user consent.

Google has reportedly removed two Cheetah Mobile and Kika apps from the Google Play Store after claims of ad fraud were levelled against the developers. Prior to the investigation, they were downloaded more than 50 million and 100 million times, respectively, which is pretty massive and Google failed to notice the fraud. Cheetah Mobile has also voluntarily withdrawn a small number of others, Battery Doctor included, although it does not confirm that this action has anything to do with BuzzFeed's report. "The Target APIs employed in those two apps are obsolete and would require some time to update, " the company said in a press release. The Kika Keyboard app was on the top spot on the Play Store in the top keyboard app list, and Cheetah Mobile is said to be the largest developers in the Android ecosystem. Cheetah Mobile has indicated that it is already doing so with Google.

"These allegations have adversely impacted the company's reputation and business".


The news site said that app analytics company Kochava concluded after a study that "eight apps with a total of more than 2 billion downloads in the Google Play store have been exploiting user permissions as part of an ad fraud scheme that could have stolen millions of dollars".

"The Company takes the current matter very seriously and is in continuous communication with Google Play to resolve any issues that may arise", it said. "If an app violates our policies, we take action", Google told the publication. BuzzFeed also named another app studio, Kika Tech, as a group involved in the same activity.

Dismissing Cheetah Mobile's claim of third party SDKs causing click injections, in the report, Google says it found native code within these two apps that was used for install attribution abuse.

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