MetaMask, a digital currency wallet and also a mobile browser, has been suspended from the Google Play app store.
The official MetaMask account sent out a tweet announcing the development. MetaMask says Google insists that the project runs afoul of Google’s laid down policies.
In the ensuing Twitter thread posted on Dec. 26th, MetaMask explains that Google is accusing the platform of crypto mining. The company, however, denies that the platform carries out any mining activity, and is in line with Google’s rules.
Furthermore, MetaMask notes that it has appealed Google’s delisting but the appeal was rejected. Google apparently continues to insist that mining is not allowed on Android, even though MetaMask doesn’t offer mining on its platform. The thread also suggests the possibility that either Google’s reviewer doesn’t understand the policy or Google is “enforcing an unwritten policy.”
This is not the first time, as MetaMask recounts, that its platform has been delisted by Google. In July last year, the product was removed from the Chrome Web Store but was later re-listed because the “community spoke loudly.”
While MetaMask asks the public to speak out against a “Goliath” that “censors disintermediation”, it assures the public that it will find other alternatives.
“If left banned, we will be working on other ways of bringing our services to users still stranded on the Android platform while they migrate to something more free.”
The MetaMask ban follows a recent disappearance of crypto content from the video-sharing platform. YouTube however says the videos were taken down “mistakenly.”
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