Google finally bans apps that sexualize minors, target children with adult themes, mine bitcoin or sell firearms
- Google has updated its Play Store policy to no longer allow crypto-mining apps
- Apps that sell firearms, firearm accessories or explosives are also not allowed
- As part of the update, Google is cracking down on suspicious childrens’ apps
In the Google’s latest move against virtual currencies, cryptocurrency mining apps have been banned from the Google Play Store. Despite the ban, Google has indicated that it will continue to permit mining apps that mine for cryptocurrency from outside of a device, such as cloud-based mining.
Google has updated the developer policiesfor its Play Store to prohibit several categories of apps, targeting cryptocurrency mining applications and alongside many others.
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Google is also cracking down on “apps that appeal to children but contain adult themes.” This will be in response to an upsurge in apps which use cartoon characters such as Elsa from Frozen, but contain imagery and ideas that aren’t suitable for children.
Google has also banned “apps that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.” While this is likely to upset some people, it’s just Google protecting itself from being associated with potential criminal activity.
Under the category of “Financial Instruments,” Google now states that it does not “allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices.” Despite such, Google states it will continue to “permit apps that remotely manage the mining cryptocurrency,” such as cloud-based mining services.
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Cryptocurrency mining apps banned on Google Play Store
At the time, Google extensions platform product manager, James Wagner, postedthat “approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply” with Google’s policies, ultimately being “either rejected or removed from the store.” Mr. Wagner’s post stated that “existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store in late June.
In March, Google also announced that it would launch a crackdown on advertising content relating to “Cryptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice).”
Quality Is Important Too
On a more general note, Google is also cracking down on low quality apps. Which means apps that copy content from others, apps primarily made to serve ads, and apps that don’t even function properly. Of which there are far too many on Google Play
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