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This week Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications scored a victory against apps targeting their citizens, as they persuaded Google to yank 56 Vietnamese language betting apps from their Play Store.
The government agency revealed that 40 of the apps were found to be violating the country's ban of internet gambling, while the remaining 16 were illegally using user data. Google had been notoriously tough on allowing real money betting apps in their Play Store, but softened up a bit in 2017 to allow for apps in regulated markets such as the UK and Ireland. Still, the company noted that in areas where online betting is restricted, the apps are not allowed, and that they'll be removed as they're flagged by authorities.
The move is the latest major betting app purge in the region, as Google removed thousands of betting apps from their Chinese version of the Play Store.
No comment from Google or Vietnamese authorities was available as of press time.