Cryptocurrency mining apps banned by Google Play Store
July 30, 2018 11:04 am,
In a recent policy update of Google Play Store, Google has stopped allowing developers to submit apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. The recent update policy on Google apps discourages apps that can be used for cryptocurrency mining. While no timeframe has been given to take down the relevant apps already listed, it almost took Google two months to remove mining browser extensions after they were banned in April.
“We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency but, we don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices.,” Google said in the official update. The apps which manage cryptocurrency mining are not facing any such restriction from Playstore’s end.
It was further suggested in the reports that some other content restrictions have also been introduced in the Play store which no longer allows applications that appeal to children but contain adult themes. The policy of Play Store reads, “In general, Google will not permit any type of services or content deliberate to be sexually gratifying.”
It was very clear and warned by the Google that they would directly delete those Google Accounts who distribute content with child sexual abuse imagery without any prior notification and they will immediately report it to the appropriate authorities for further action. It further added that the Play store will not entertain any such Apps that promote self-harm, suicides or violence. In Apple devices, the App store does explicitly allow for some other crypto-apps, like those created by approved exchanges and for registered initial coin offerings (ICOs). The mining apps listed in the App Store in IOS are those that hash off-device through cloud mining.
Apple company was the first one to ban cryptocurrency mining apps on their App store. Few months before, they introduced a new section on cryptocurrency in its guidelines on App Store saying, “Any third-party advertisements displayed on the Apps should not have content related to cryptocurrency mining.”