Google Banned Crypto-Mining Apps from Play Store
After forbidding Crypto-Currency Mining extensions on it’s chrome browser, now Google banned Crypto-Mining apps from the Play Store too.
“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency,” one of the upadated company’s developer policy reads.
The boycott does not stretch out to all product required with mining virtual money. Google, similar to Apple, said it would enable individuals to make applications that let them manage mining being done somewhere else, for example, on cloud computer platforms.
Some of the cryptocurrency mining applications which are still avalable on the Play Store include AA Miner, Crypto Miner, NeoNeonMiner and MinerGate.
Crypto Mining is not a new concept and became quite profitable in recent years. Hackers found a way to make millions of dollars by accessing PCs without users consent and secretly mine cryptocurrency in the background.
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Tech giants like Apple and Google has now started to put restrictions on such application as threats related to cryptocurrency and it’s negative sentiments are emerging day by day.
Crypto-Currency Mining Appilications are not only the list discarded one. Several more categories of applications are banned by Google including:
- Apps that facilitate the dangerous like self harm, choking games, sucide and eating disorder.
- Apps that expose users to harmful financial and deceptive Instuments.
- Apps that mine “Cryptocurrency” on devices.
- Online Gambling apps but include which met their criteria.
- Apps that facilitate illegal activities (sale and purchase of drugs, tabacco, alcohols).
- Apps that violate the Android Brand Guidelines.
- Apps that infringe copyright.
- Apps that shows Distractive ads to users after each tap.
- Apps that Sexualizes minors.
- Apps that contain or promote sexually explicit content, such as “pornography”.
Here is the Company’s Updated Policy. Google has also started restricting advertisements that promoted initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency wallets, cryptocurrency exchanges, and cryptocurrency trading advice.