This time it’s the popular chat app, ToTok. According to a report coming from 9to5Google Google has removed the popular ToTok app from Play store on February 14. This is for the second time that this app, which is supposedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, has been pulled down from Play store.
Why is ToTok harmful?
The Dangers of ToTok
The NY Times reported that all the information gathered by the ToTok app is being shared with UAE government officials, thereby infringing on users’ privacy rights. This is despite claims that users’ data will be protected by encryption.
Is ToTok safe to use?
ToTok is safe, secure, and free to use for everyone.
Why is ToTok not available on Play Store?
ToTok is a free app for making video and voice calls that has been removed from Google Play and the Apple App Store because there were allegations that ToTok was being used as a spy tool. The app earlier was removed from the Google Play store in December, while Google investigated, then reinstated in early January.
Has ToTok been removed?
Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time. The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it.
Is ToTok legal in UAE?
Botim currently offers services for a fee in the UAE. … Currently, all free international voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services including Skype and WhatsApp calls are blocked in the UAE as per regulations issued by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Who is the owner of ToTok app?
ToTok is a messaging app developed by Giacomo Ziani. It was introduced in Abu Dhabi Global Market economic free zone. According to The New York Times, it is also a mass surveillance tool of the United Arab Emirates intelligence services, used to gather private information on users’ phones.
Why is ToTok free in UAE?
ToTok was allowed as a pilot project, because we were new, had no market share, and from a clean slate we met all the UAE requirements to operate in the country (for example, our employees work and live in the country).
Is ToTok Chinese app?
HOW TOTOK WORKS: ToTok appears to be a copy of YeeCall, a Chinese messaging app offering free video calls, slightly customised for English and Arabic audiences, according to a forensic analysis commissioned by The NYT.
Is ToTok available in Dubai?
Free video calling app ToTok no longer available in UAE.
Is ToTok available in App Store?
The app is available for download to Android users on ToTok’s official website, through the Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo app stores, or via third-party stores such as Apkpure, UpToDown, Aptoide, GetJar and Softonic.
Is ToTok available in USA?
ToTok is only several months old but it has been downloaded by users in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, according to the NYT.
Is ToTok malware?
“No exploits, no backdoors, no malware,” he wrote in a blogpost. The app is able to gain insights on users through common functions. … ToTok said the app was temporarily unavailable in the app stores from Google and Apple due to a “technical issue”.