TikTok copycat removed from Google’s Play Store
Google removed the Zynn video app from its Play Store amid allegations of stealing content from other apps.
The TikTok-style app offers cash payments to users who sign up and watch videos and has become one of the most downloaded apps in the United States.
But it sparked a series of complaints from social media influencers who claim that their videos are republished without permission.
Zynn said he launched a new method for users to report plagiarism.
- Google eliminates the app that removes the Chinese software
- Google eliminates millions of negative reviews on TikTok
The popular video platform is funded by Kuaishou, the Chinese rival of the owner of TikTok ByteDance.
Zynn was officially made available to users in early May.
However, according to Wired, many of the copycat accounts on the platform uploaded their first posts in February.
Users earn money on the app by watching videos and inviting friends to register.
The revenue can then be used to purchase gift certificates or transferred via PayPal.
Now a number of popular TikTok users, some with millions of followers, have come forward claiming that accounts that pretended to be them have started appearing on Zynn.
“I feel it is genuinely sad that they are stealing the creators’ content and imitating people,” a TikTok influencer told Wired.
The app’s community guidelines prohibit users from posting “anything you don’t own or don’t have permission from the owner to share.”
Google has removed the app from its Play Store amidst the controversy, although the tech giant has not yet confirmed the reason for doing so.
The BBC asked Zynn and Google for a comment.
An Apple spokesman said the company is “investigating” the app, which is currently still available on its app store.