Google’s anti cryptocurrency stance has intensified, when it terminated Coin Stats’ developer account, thereby removing their app from the play store. The official statement on Steem stated –
Yesterday, we’ve received an email from Google Play, stating that the developer account has been terminated without any prior notice and exact reason. This means that Coin Stats Android app has been removed from Google Play Store.
They have launched a petition on Change.org to let Google know that this stance of theirs isn’t fair. You can sign the petition here – https://www.change.org/p/google-inc-google-play-to-bring-back-coin-stats-app
For users and others who are interested in using the app, you can still download it from here – http://coin-stats.com/
This growing trend of centralised companies like Facebook and Google taking on anything to do with cryptocurrencies is worrying. At least with the ads, they had some grounds. This kind of unannounced termination is uncalled for.
This definitely not a quality issue. Their iOS app is still available for download from the Apple app store. And anyone who has put up an app on the Apple app store will tell you that their quality checks are tremendously thourough.
Furthermore, it wasn’t clear from Google’s recent memo, which had their crypto ad ban stipulation, if crypto apps were under its purview. If so, we should see a lot more of this in the coming days.