In a bid to make its platform free from any baleful prospect, Google has banned apps from Play Store that includes cryptocurrency mining, disruptive ads, firearms, copied content, and a few more. The announcement came through the ‘Developer Policy Centre’ page. The Developer Program Policies, along with the Developer Distribution Agreement, ensure the authenticity and credibility of apps on the store.
For the cryptocurrency apps, the search engine giant has prohibited mining apps, but the one that supports the mining of cryptocurrency with remote access is still permitted. The Developer Policy Centre page included, “We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.”
Another app that is banned from the platform is the repetitive one. The apps that offer the same services as that of an existing one will not be allowed on the Google Play Store. Furthermore, the apps which copy content from other apps or are developed multiple times without adding anything new or unique will be axed. The Google explains, “apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons are not allowed.”
Then the one that deals with firearms and related accessories will also be chucked, “We don't allow apps that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.” It is similar to what YouTube adopted sometime back.
Restricted accessories include those that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, Gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds.
Next are the apps that include content that sexualizes minors. Any such app will be immediately removed from the Store. Other apps that appeal to children but contain adult themes are also not allowed. “If we become aware of content with child sexual abuse imagery, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.”
Google has updated its policies after the Apple’s take on the cryptocurrency apps. The decision by Apple was taken last month, and in the updated Review Guidelines for the App Store, Apple stated, “the only cryptocurrency mining apps allowed are those that mine outside of the device, like cloud-based mining.”
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