Google has removed ToTok video chat app from Play Store due to being a UAE spying tool

Written 3 months ago by IanDorfman

Video and voice chat app ToTok has once again been removed from the Google Play Store.

This move comes following the app being relisted on the Small Google Play Store iconGoogle Play Store on January 4th after previously being delisted before The New York Times published an exposé describing how Small ToTok iconToTok is utilized by the United Arab Emirates as a spying tool. The UAE used it to track the social media connections, location, and conversations of its users.

Though Google did not confirm the exact reason behind ToTok being removed, it was not removed due to an external request (from the app developer or a government agency, for example). This suggests that ToTok was removed due to violating one of the Play Store's internal policies.

ToTok has been downloaded tens of millions of times across the world, so make sure to uninstall it and find an alternative immediately. The source code for ToTok is seemingly just a reskin of Small YeeCall iconYeeCall, so any alternatives for either can be utilized for most use cases. Secure alternatives such as Small Signal iconSignal and Small Wire iconWire that support video and voice chat that is encrypted end-to-end are recommended.

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