Dec 23, 2019

Google and Apple remove alleged UAE spy app ToTok

Google and Apple have removed an Emirati messaging app called ToTok amid claims that it is used for state spying. In a blog, it wrote that it is "Temporarily unavailable" on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store because of a "Technical issue". Google removed the app last Thursday and Apple pulled it the following day. ToTok is only several months old but it has been downloaded by users in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, according to the NYT. Google Play Store showed that it had five million Android downloads alone before it was removed, while app-tracker App Annie said that ToTok was one of the most downloaded social apps in the US last week. "While the existing ToTok users continue to enjoy our service without interruption, we would like to inform our new users that we are well engaged with Google and Apple to address the issue," ToTok said in a blog.

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