Google bans a lot of apps in its latest Play store Developers Policy update

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Play store Developers Policy

Google acknowledged that it has to step up to fix some problems with the apps that are uploaded on its Android app store, and so it hardned its Play Store Developers Policy this week enforcing new rules on developers.

“Before submitting an app, ask yourself if your app is appropriate for Google Play and compliant with local laws.” Google

Any application that sexualizes minors is immediately removed from the Play store, also any app that addresses to children but delivers adult content. 

Google is also keeping a close eye on apps that “promote violence, or incite hatred against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or any other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.”

Any crypto currency mining app is also banned as of this week, so are the apps and games with duplicate content. Those that mimic / plagiarises the story, graphics, gameplay, or “apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates”

Google bans any app that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.

What is interesting is that Google will allow content, services, and ads that facilitate online gambling, as long as those businesses meet certain requirements. We also allow daily fantasy sports apps that meet certain requirements.

Gambling Apps

Gambling Ads within Play-distributed Apps

For the full Google Play store Developers policy update head over to Google’s dedicated policy page.