Google continues Play Store clean up, bans all "Fake ID" apps and their children

Google continues Play Store clean up, bans all
After removing over 700,000 apps that were in conflict with its Play Store policy, Google seems to be chasing down more of those pesky intruders. This time the company is going after all "Fake ID" apps, which means insurance or drivers license number generators and any other apps that generate fake information.

This clean up is following a change in Google's Developer Policy Center, according to which “We [Google] don’t allow apps that help users to mislead others, including, but not limited to, apps that generate or facilitate the generation of ID cards, social security numbers, passports, diplomas, credit cards and driver’s licenses”. The list also includes apps that exist 'just for fun' or 'as a prank'.

No word has been given whether or not justice will be served to the "Fake ID" app developers. If we consider the previous clean up though, Google will probably ban some creators too.

Keep in mind you might still encounter such apps, as the clean up is yet to begin. However, be sure that those will soon be abolished forever.

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6 Comments

1. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Good though lot of junks duplicate apps are there in playstore wish there was list of apps & creators google removing & being banned.I could download them before being remove which are useful even it's for prank or real work personal info sharing.

2. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

That app store needs a huge clean up.

3. darkwintercloud

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 04, 2017

Why dont they create somekind on AI Machine Learning algorith to work togheter with the already installed base of curators in order to avoid this kind of problems? I mean, they have a poor curate system that from time to time let pass some malwares and scam apps... Why this still happens if they have one of the most powerfull AI out there?

4. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

Great news! Keep up the good work. Its about time the play store gets cleaned up from all those pesky, poorly developed apps.

5. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

I wish they would get rid of all apps with 2.9 of below rating

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6826; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hopefully they don't go after burner apps.

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