Slide for Reddit kicked from Play Store as age rating issue spirals into bogus content policy violation
Slide for Reddit is a fairly in style third-party, cross-platform, open-source Reddit consumer. In my humble opinion, it is the very best one on the market (do not @ me), however followers of the app might have seen that it disappeared from the Play Store within the final couple of days. It seems, the developer ran into a small drawback with the app’s rating, which, due to Google’s stereotypically horrible developer assist, shortly exploded into a full-blown suspension of the developer’s account.
The issue began on Thursday when the app was eliminated from the Play Store as a consequence of an age rating drawback: The app’s metadata listed the audience as “17+” relatively than “18+.” That’s a small distinction, however an essential (and honest) one based on Play Store insurance policies, though even the first-party Reddit app is solely rated 17+.
Google would not apply its guidelines evenly.
Following a evaluate, Google flagged the app for computerized removing from the Play Store. The developer subsequently re-submitted the corrected particulars to Google, and every thing ought to have been fortunately resolved, with solely a small interruption for the app’s customers till it was once more made accessible through the Play Store.
…this app is a Reddit consumer that reveals the identical content each different Reddit consumer does, however for some cause, it was focused for removing primarily based on that content.
Unfortunately, Google took the chance to droop the developer’s account fully, claiming he violated the Play Store’s violent content policy. Keep in thoughts, this app is a Reddit consumer that reveals the identical content each different Reddit consumer does, however for some cause, it was focused for removing primarily based on that content. As with each different Reddit consumer, by default it would not even present NSFW content — so lengthy as it is tagged as such on Reddit.
Unfortunately for Slide for Reddit’s followers, the developer is at the moment caught ready in an appeals limbo concerning Google’s determination, and people of us that use the app, and even paid for the premium model, are out of luck if we wish to pull it down from the Play Store. Thankfully, much less arbitrarily draconian strategies of app distribution exist, and you may nonetheless obtain Slide for Reddit from APK Mirror and FDroid — an open-source Play Store various extra of us ought to most likely bear in mind.
This is not the first time that Google’s horrible Play Store insurance policies and poor developer assist have misfired, impacting each clients and app-makers alike. Whatever the reason for these repeated points, Google can and may do a lot higher.
When requested if the developer want to present us with a particular assertion, we got the next:
Slide for Reddit has been a staple of the Reddit neighborhood for the final 5 years, and this week Slide was eliminated from the Google Play Store as a consequence of an obvious violation of Google’s content policy. I’ve appealed the choice and am following all accessible processes to resolve this case and get Slide again on the Google Play Store. Huge thanks to the Slide neighborhood for the assist and endurance throughout this time.
With the developer at the moment specializing in the iOS model of the app (as properly as real-life developments detailed in a publish to the app’s subreddit), the Android model of Slide for Reddit hasn’t seen many updates within the final yr, but it surely’s nonetheless a broadly used app, with over 100,000+ downloads on the Play Store. Hopefully, Google can repair its error concerning the app and reinstate each the developer’s account and Slide for Reddit’s Play Store itemizing quickly.
It was identified to us that even the official first-party Reddit app would not meet the identical age rating the preliminary evaluate tried to impose on Slide for Reddit — additional proof big-name builders get a free go from Google. Our protection has been up to date with that data.