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Google removes The OG App from the Play Store as founders think about next steps • TechCrunch


Almost a week later Apple has removed the OG App from the App Storean Instagram customer promised an ad-free and suggestion-free feed, Google followed suit and kicked the app off the Play Store.

In a Twitter thread, the co-founders of Un1feed, the company that published the OG App, said that the startup will not be able to serve users after the app is removed from the app stores. of both iOS and Android. The app makers say that in a short time the app was live, it has attracted more than 25,000 downloads.

TechCrunch has reached out to Google for comment, and we’ll update the post when we receive a response.

Late last month, Un1feed launched the OG App with a promise to provide users with a customizable Instagram experience. To do so, it has reverse engineered Instagram for Android API. However, that has created a lot of potential problems user privacy and Guard.

Following its launch, Instagram owner Meta said that the app violated its policies and that the company was “taking all appropriate enforcement actions”. But it doesn’t give any details about the steps it took.

At the same time, Apple removed the app from the App Store and said it was accessing Instagram’s service illegally. The Cupertino-based tech giant added that OG Apps violated App Store rules. These banned apps from displaying content from third-party apps for violating their terms of use.

In a note displayed on the OG Apps website, the founders said that they are still thinking about next steps and will provide some clarity in the coming weeks.

After going through a lot of security risks, Meta has tightened its rules on access to user data and restricted its APIs from displaying a limited amount of information outside of its application family. . It’s no surprise that the company quickly broke a solution that used unofficial APIs to display content.

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