The popular messaging app called ToTok is back in the Google Play Store. It was removed in December. In case you don’t know, the app has been accused that it was a surveillance tool used by the United Arab Emirates in order to track the people who downloaded it.
ToTok is available again on the Google Play Store. There’s also a “what’s new” section on the Google Play app page, which says that the app made some updates. They also worked on how it makes requests for user data and how it syncs the contact list info.
Google has not really specified why the app has gotten back on the market, but they did say that they take security and privacy violations seriously. If there is an app that violates their policies, then they take action immediately.
Experts stated that the app was used by the United Arab Emirates’ government to track the conversations, relationships, movement, sounds, and pictures of those who installed the app on their phone. Both Google and Apple removed the app from their stores back in December.
The creators of ToTok – co-founders Giacomo Ziani and Long Ruan – denied the allegations on the 24th of December: “ToTok simply does what it claims to do, and really nothing more… no exploits, no backdoors, and no malware.”
Ziani also stated that he was unsure why the app was a target, and he insisted that they had no ties with the government. They comply with both local and international regulations of all the countries that they operate in.
Is it safe for us to download the app again? We guess we’ll find out.