In the course of 2018, Google changed its policy after policies across its suite of web-based cryptocurrency products. In their latest move, cryptocurrency portfolios have been swept away by the Google Play Store without warning.
Google removes Bitcoin Wallet, CoPay and BitPay without warning
According to a new report by Hard Fork, Mountain View, the giant of California, technology and research has mysteriously removed three popular cryptocurrency portfolios from its Google Play Store without any notice to app developers.
The three cryptocurrency wallferers involved include B itcoin.com & # 39; s Bitcoin Wallet, BitPay and CoPay owned by BitPay. Google's policy is not to comment on individual cases, so the search engine provider and the developer of the Android operating system has not disclosed the reasoning behind the removal and is unlikely to do so.
Outspoken B itcoin.com CEO and Roger Ver, the Evangelist of Bitcoin Cash, believes there is a link with Google's removal and recent modification of their Google ban policy Play stores that draw on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Monero. Apps that remove cryptocurrencies are strictly prohibited, although Google still allows apps that can remotely manage encryption.
"Google told us it was because they no longer allow cryptocurrency mining apps," explained Ver, who believes that the removal was a mistake on behalf of Google. "I have no idea how they got the impression that our wallet is a mining app."
At the time of writing this B the Bitcoin wallet of itcoin.com is back on the Google Play Store, although CoPay and BitPay remain offline. BitPay told Hard Fork that he expects the app to come online soon, but did not explain what Google's problem was with the wallet that caused the sudden removal.
It is worth noting that the three wallets share a part of the same source code, which may explain why all three apps have been targeted.
Google's tough position against cryptocurrencies continues
At the start of the year, Google followed the social force of Facebook's social media to ban cryptocurrency advertising. The general ban covered everything from portfolios, trading tips, initial coin offerings and more. Nothing encryption has been spared by the new Google policy update.
The ban was part of a broader update of the financial services policy that included "financial spreads" and "rolling spot forex" between "cryptocurrencies and related content". option for advertisers who publish forex and other types of ads to comply with legal requirements and obtain certification, allowing them to return to posting ads after certification. The cryptocurrencies, however, have been openly banned without any option for advertiser certification.
Google's ban brigade did not end here. The Alphabet subsidiary also moved to ban Google Chrome extensions that were extracted for cryptocurrency, followed by a similar move on the Google Play Store, banning apps that were extracted for cryptocurrencies. This is what Roger Ver believes the confusion around the three portfolios that have been mysteriously removed derives from.
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