By Gavin Gibbon
Voice and video calling app was removed from app stores amid allegations it was being used as a spy tool
The co-founder of controversial voice and video calling app ToTok has appealed directly to the bosses of Apple and Google to have its service reinstated to the respective app stores.
The app was removed from stores following allegations that it was being used as a spy tool.
Giacomo Ziani, ToTok co-founder, posted a short statement on Twitter, tagging Apple boss Tim Cook and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, saying the move “is seriously hurting our company and putting all of our efforts at risk”.
He said the group behind the app were “international entrepreneurs” who built the product to “make people’s digital lives easier”.
Media reports accused ToTok of being spyware and misusing user data, accusations previously denied by developers.
Ziani said: “We are not linked to any government, the UAE, the US or China.”
He added: “User privacy and data protection have always been our top priority. Each version of the ToTok app went through the rigorous review process.
“Since the unexpected removal of our app from your stores, we have been working very closely with your review team to address your every concern and now ToTok most strictly complies with every exact requirement.”
ToTok is reportedly still not available to new users but existing users have said they are still able to use the app for free calls.
Ziani offered to meet with Apple and Google to address any concerns.
He said: “Millions of people are waiting to be connected with their families and friends all around the globe, especially during this holiday season. We count on your support.”