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Google Play Store tosses third party Reddit app for sexual content

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Google Play Store tosses third party Reddit app for sexual content
Google Play Store has removed the app Reddit is fun for having explicit sexual content. The app brings the user stories from the Reddit web site where users post stories for others to respond to. The language is uncensored with plenty of four letter words flying around. That is why app creator Andrew Shu was surprised about Google's action. "I’m not sure how to go about appealing this," said the developer. "After all it’s true that Reddit content includes NSFW (not safe for work) content. Not sure exactly why my app was singled out and the other reddit apps weren’t, though." Both the free and paid app were given the boot by Google.

Third party Reddit apps still exist in the Google Play Store

Third party Reddit apps still exist in the Google Play Store

You would think that since the content did not come from the app developer, Shu would have received a pass from Google especially since other third party Reddit apps remain in good standing on the Google Play Store. Has Google changed more than just the name of the Android Market? After all, it has been Apple in the past who has removed apps that seemed a little too risque.

The latest word on the whole affair is that
Reto Meier from the Android Developer Relations team has contacted Shu and will guide him through the appeal process. This will probably not be the last word on this matter.

source: VentureBeat via SlashGear

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posted on 20 Mar 2012, 04:36

1. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


So much for Android being the platform with porn apps (in the market anyway). .

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:55 1

2. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


This is like blocking a web browser for porn. The developer can't control the content.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 17:54 1

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I prefer having the Google play store with as least amount of sexual content as possible. Please continue to boot these apps out, Google. Thanks.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 18:29 2

4. HGMIV (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


If this is the way Google wants it, then Android should remove Craigslist apps. They should remove any internet browsers avaialable on the Play Store. Oh, and also their own browser from the Android OS. Sure, Reddit has tons of inappropriate subreddits, but it's the users' choice to subscribe to these if they choose. This is not the doing of Reddit is Fun devs.

This had better not continue. The point of the Google Market and Google Android itself is the fact that it's users' phone, not the manufacturers' phone.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 23:27 1

5. thatjackal (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Calm down everyone... it's just Reddit.

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