In under a day after Indian users lost access to crypto wallet websites like Binance, their mobile apps were also removed from the Google Play Store.
While there’s no official word from the government, officials from the electronics and information technology ministry mentioned that the decision to have Google take down these apps came after the finance ministry expressed concerns about potential money laundering activities linked to these platforms.
Government Restrictions on Cryptocurrency Platforms in India
The Economic Times reported on Saturday that the Indian government has prohibited access for Indian users to the web platforms of foreign cryptocurrency exchanges and virtual digital asset service providers, including Binance, Kucoin, and OKX. The electronics and IT ministry subsequently issued orders to remove the Android apps of these platforms.
Earlier last week, the ministry had already directed the removal of iOS store apps for these platforms. These actions against digital asset service providers were initiated in the past fortnight based on information from the finance ministry’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), indicating potential involvement in money laundering activities.
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