Google bans cryptocurrency apps from the Google Play Store along with many others

Google bans cryptocurrency apps from the Google Play Store along with many others
Last month, Apple banned apps related to the mining of cryptocurrencies from the App Store. Apple's updated guidelines prevent iPhone users from doing the calculations needed to be awarded virtual currencies unless it is done using the cloud. Today, it was Google's turn. Every so often, Google updates its developer policies related to the inclusion of Android apps for the Google Play Store.

A long list of features that will automatically get an app banned from the Google Play Store include anything involved with the process of cryptocurrency mining. However, apps will be allowed that remotely manage such an act. Mining for cryptocurrencies involves solving complex mathematical formulas to help verify a transaction in the blockchain.

Google says that it will instantly remove any app that "sexualizes minors," or are designed to appeal to children but include adult content. Apps with images showing the sexual abuse of children will be reported to law enforcement officials and those developers and distributors associated with the app will have their Google accounts deleted.

Apps that promote hate speech, violence, self harm, discrimination based on various factors such as sexual orientation or gender, are also banned. That includes apps from terrorist organizations. The Google Play Store will not allow the listing of apps that deal in deceptive financial instruments or those that deal in binary options with all or nothing payouts. The image at the top of this article shows two examples of ads being disguised as system notification. Apps that contain this type of content are not allowed in the Google Play Store.

Other apps that are banned are those that deal in sexually explicit conduct such as suggestive poses, promotion of sex toys, content featuring bestiality and the promotion of escort services or any sex for pay services. Apps that profit off of natural disasters, death or other tragedies are not allowed in the Play Store as are those related to bullying and harassment.

As you might expect, apps dealing in illegal activities such as the selling, growing and manufacturing of illegal drugs (including promoting the use of prescription drugs without a prescription) will be banned. And apps that collect user data without disclosing such use in advance are also not allowed.

Believe it or not, we are just revealing the tip of the iceberg here. If you are a developer, or just merely curious, we suggest that you visit Google's Developer Policy Center by clicking on the sourcelink below.

source: Google

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10 Comments

1. audibot

Posts: 570; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

wow looks like the tizan will take out android in the next 2 years if google keeps going left

2. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You're absolutely out of your mind if you believe that nonsense.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3034; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He need to drink more tizan :-/

4. cncrim

Posts: 1517; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Yes these mining apps is a joke, it give a bad rap to real mining. It need to go.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We should have some type of cryptocurrency option available to us though. I agree with eliminating the dark and twisted sick apps etc, but we have a right invest our money where we see fit. (i wouldn't be surprised if some of the top dogs at google have $$$ invested in bitcoin or some form of alternate digital currency)

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5555; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

"We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency." Honestly don't have an issue with banning on device crypto mining apps A single phone isn't powerful enough to make money Or tablet/2in1, you need at least desktop GPU for decent crypto mining As long as they don't ban crypto news, exchanges, wallets, management tools, etc...

10. Vokilam

Posts: 931; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I remember we ridiculed Apple for doing this. “Choice” and “Options” was the chants of the keyboard worriors. Let’s do that to Google now! No?

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5555; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Just checked, literally just 1 guy on the first page lol Everyone else agreed mobile crypto mining apps isn't effective and should be banned

6. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Good good

8. Papa_Ji

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Download them from other android stores. Play Sore is not only the app store for android phones

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