Google found on Tuesday that versions of the app that are not on the Play Store contain malware.
“We have suspended the Play version of the app due to security concerns as we continue our investigation,” a Google spokesperson said.
According to the statement, Google, which scans applications installed on Android phones for harmful behavior in allegedly malicious applications, also made Play Protect mandatory.
The Google Play Protect enforcement has been set to block installation attempts of these detected malicious apps.
“Users who download malicious versions of the application to their devices are warned and asked to uninstall the application,” the spokesperson said.
Pinduoduo said Tuesday morning that its app was “temporarily suspended” by Google Play because the current version “doesn’t comply with Google’s Policy.”
He explained that Google Play did not share further details.