Google Play Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps

Google Play Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps, Updates Policies to Restrict Other Inappropriate Apps

Google Play Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps

Developer policies on Google Play (Play Store) are
updated to impose a ban on apps that mine Cryptocurrency. The new move
comes weeks when Apple updated its App Store Review guidelines with a new
section to restrict Cryptocurrency mining apps. The updated developer
policies on Play store also prohibits many alternative app categories, including
the ones that cover apps with child endanger content and turbulent ads. Google
Play
(Play Store) saw thirty six billion app downloads within the half of
this year, as per a recent sensor Tower reports. Also, android platform has
over 2 billion monthly active users – of that, nearly every user access Google
Play
(Play Store) to download new apps.

As per the updated developer policies, Google has
restricted all the apps on the Play store that mine Cryptocurrency
on devices. The company has, however, permissible apps that “remotely
manage the mining of Cryptocurrency“. This looks just like the
updated App Store Review guidelines that included section 3.1.5 (b) to
ban on-device Cryptocurrency apps but not the ones in which the
“mining is performed in the Cloud or otherwise off-device”

Earlier this year, Google banned the extensions on
the Chrome web Store that were providing Cryptocurrency mining. Opera
web browser also brought an Anti-Cryptocurrency mining feature on
its browser to put the mining of Cryptocurrency on hold.

In addition to the ban of app supporting on-device Cryptocurrency
mining, the updated developer policies strictly prohibit all the apps that include
content that “sexualizes minors”. Apps that seem to focus on children
but contain adult themes are also in the restricted list. Further, Google
says that it’ll report back to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google
Accounts
of these involved with the distribution of content with child sex
offense imaging through any Play store-listed apps. “To ensure that Google
Play
remains a secure and respectful platform, we’ve created standards defining
and prohibiting content that’s harmful or inappropriate for our users,”
the updated policies state.

Google Play will currently
also restrict apps that promote hate speech, violence, self-harm,
discrimination based on factors like race or ethnic origin, religion,
disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, or the other characteristic. Similarly, the restriction applies to
any or all the apps that depict or facilitate “gratuitous violence or alternative
dangerous activities”, as well as graphic depictions or descriptions of
realistic violence or violent threats to any person or animal. Google also
restricts apps that contain sexually express content, like depictions of sex
acts or sexually suggestive poses or promotional photos of sex toys and
depicts, describes, or encourages bestiality. Further, the common violation of
the policies may be considered for the apps that promote escort services or other
services “that could also be interpreted as providing sexual acts in
exchange for compensation”.

To make the experience safer for users, Google Play
also bans apps that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or
certain gun accessories. It also blocks apps that enable weapons to simulate
automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire. In the same sense, apps
that include instructions on the manufacturing of explosives, firearms,
ammunition, and alternative weapons are now prohibited. Apps that are dealing
in illegal activities like the marketing, growing, and manufacturing of illegal
drugs as well as promoting the use of prescription drugs without a prescription
are not allowed in the Play store.

Google has in addition blocked apps on
the Play store that are of a repetitive nature. This means the apps that
mimic or offer the experiences of an existing app on the Play store will
not be available through the official channel on android devices. Also, Google Play can remove apps
“that are created by an automatic tool, wizard service, or based on
templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service
on behalf of other persons”.

Developers who are set to start their journey with Google Play should read
the updated policies completely before proceeding with their apps. The updated
policies are available through Google’s Developer Policy Center.

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