Google has removed at least 46 apps from it’s Play store belonging to iHandy, a major Chinese mobile developer, and initially declined to comment on why it took action against the company.
Google has now told BuzzFeed News the apps were removed due to “deceptive or disruptive ads.”
iHandy describes itself as “one of the world’s largest mobile application developers, and is a global premium partner of Apple, Google and Facebook.”
iHandy listed Google as its biggest customer in 2018, which suggests Google’s ad network is their single largest source of revenue.
It’s unclear what kind of malicious ad activity was detected in iHandy’s apps.