Google finally bans apps that sexualize minors, target children with adult themes, mine bitcoin or sell firearms
Google has called it quits on allowing apps for crypto-mining and selling firearms on its Play Store. Google is also barring any apps that are tailored for children but still contain adult themes, along with apps that sexualize minors.
Google is the latest tech giant to crack down on the content featured on its app store.
In an update to its Play Store policy, Google added a section to its ‘Financial Instruments’ section that’s tailored to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,’ the policy states.
‘We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.’
A brief search on the Google Play Store showed that digital wallet apps, which allow users to store and manage their cryptocurrency, were still available.
These include apps like Coinbase, Robinhood and Bitcoin Core.
It comes on the heels of Google’s decision to ban crypto-mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store earlier this year.
The update comes on the heels of Google’s decision to ban crypto-mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store earlier this year. Apple also blocks crypto-mining apps on the App Store
Google isn’t the first to ban apps like these – Apple banned on-device cryptocurrency mining apps from its App Store in June.
Like Google, Apple allows virtual currency wallet apps and those that mine outside of the device, such as cloud-based mining.
With its latest update, Google is also ban any app that sells explosives, firearms, ammunition.
Google is also banning some apps that sell firearms accessories, including those that enable a firearm to ‘simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic,’ which includes things like bump stocks.