This Dangerous Android App Has Been Downloaded Over 40 Million Times

The sheer number of dangerous or otherwise suspicious apps that are being made available through the Google Play Store really is quite concerning, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that although Google has been trying quite hard to get rid of them they seem to keep coming back, so much so that now there is an app on the Play Store that has been downloaded over 40 million times which is concerning because of the fact that it is not exactly the safest app for anyone to be using at any given point in time.

The app that we are talking about is called SnapTube, and its main function is that it allows you to download videos from YouTube as well as Facebook which is the sort of feature that a lot of people are definitely going to find extremely useful. However, while this app may seem a little innocuous as if it is just providing you with the service you have requested without actually taking anything in return, it takes part in a lot of shady practices that a lot of people are most likely going to end up having some kind of problem with all in all.

According to UpStreamSystems, one way in which SnapTube is defrauding its users is that it is signing them up for premium services without their knowledge. This is the sort of thing that can make a lot of users very nervous about using any particular kind of app, but in this case it can result in a lot of financial loss as well. Estimates suggest that SnapTube has earned approximately 100 million dollars so far from its fraudulent activities in which it is basically stealing from unsuspecting users.

However, the Chinese developer of this app by the name of Mobiuspace, a developer that has some big name investors such as Tencent which is perhaps the biggest tech investor that China has right now, is claiming that the issues are the result of a third party app that their app was communicating with. Some might say that this is an excuse but others might accept it, we will just have to wait and see what Google decides to do about this app that has caused so many problems for users (Update: It appears Google has removed the app from its app store.).


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