According to the data released by Pixalate, they analyzed more than 5 million applications in the first half of 2021 present on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App store. Out of these 5 million applications, fifteen percent of them or about 813000 applications got delisted in the first 6 months of the ongoing year for targeting children under the age of 12. Apps getting delisted had more than 9 billion installs on Play Store before they were pulled down while those on App Store had more than 21 million reviews from their users. However even after getting expelled out from their respective stores, these applications will remain installed in the user’s phone.
Apps getting excluded out may have different reasons behind them. Either the action could be taken by the Store moderator when an application is unable to satisfy them with their policies. On the other hand, it can also be done if the app developer themselves pull down their own application. The analysis report that was released by the Pixalate does not contain any reason for the apps that were taken down hence it is still unclear that whether the application was taken down by the store or by the app developer.
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