Downloading applications on Google Play is a simple task. You just have to go to the store, search for the name or browse the different categories and press a green button. This process was 178.1 billion times last year in the more than 2,560,000 apps available on Google Play.
To get where they are, these more than 2.5 million applications have passed one series of filters and meet Google Play requirementswhich are not few. To shed light on what Google allows and does not allow on Google Play, we review the guidelines for the content, that is, what an app offers the user and what is strictly prohibited.
Not everything is allowed on Google Play
According to Google, Developer Program Policies and Developer Distribution Agreement are intended to guarantee the offer of " most reliable and innovative applications in the world"and make the store a" safe and respectful platform. "To achieve such a mission, Google's children had to create standards to define what is harmful and inappropriate to users. The first category is" inadequate content "and expands in the following cases :
- "Sexually explicit content: We do not accept applications that contain or promote explicit sexual content, such as pornography. In general, we do not accept content or services whose purpose is to provoke sexual pleasure."
In this section, Google contains representations of sexual or suggestive activities or positions, advertising images of erotic toys, zoophilic content, and apps that promote prostitution or sexual favors. Anyway, we're talking about Google Play, not Android as such, which means you can install apps with adult content from other sources through APK.
- "Hate Promotion: We do not accept applications that encourage violence or incite hatred against people or groups based on racial or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, military veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristics associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.
- Violence: We do not accept applications that represent or facilitate scenes of free violence or other dangerous activities.
In the case of violence, "graphic representations or descriptions of true violence" are prohibited both for humans and animals, as well as for apps that encourage personal injury such as. suicide or eating disorders.
In the "Hate promotion" category, the big G also contains "Terrorist Content", warning that the publication of applications with "no purpose, including recruitment" is not allowed. Nor does anyone allow "encouraging terrorist acts, spur violence or celebrate this type of attack". However, apps and content with an educational or documentary nature on terrorism are allowed provided that "you provide sufficient information so that the user can understand the context".
- Delicate Events: We do not accept applications that benefit from a natural disaster, a cruelty, a conflict, a death or other tragic event, or who treat these issues with a lack of reasonable sensitivity.
- Chick: We do not accept applications that contain or facilitate threats or harassment.
- Dangerous products: We do not accept applications that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition or certain firearm accessories.
As for firearms, Apps that allow "simulate auto-recording" are not allowed or convert a firearm to shoot automatically, "which is curious considering that Weaphones, an app that allows this, is on Google Play and has more than 10 million downloads. Not even apps with instructions for manufacturing explosives, weapons, etc. .
Apps that "facilitate or promote illegal activities" are not allowed, for example purchase and sale of illegal drugs or medicines They need prescription. The appliance with instructions for the cultivation or treatment of substances or which encourages consumption of these, alcohol or tobacco in minors is also prohibited.
What about copyrighted apps?
We know all the existence of applications that allow it Download music, videos and movies on Android. In fact, a simple search is enough to see a long line of them. In theory, they are not allowed: "We do not allow applications that induce or encourage copyright infringement," including streaming apps or local downloads. However, it does not prevent them from being installed from other sources.
That an app can not be hosted on Google Play does not mean that it can not be installed from other sources
There are also no apps there violate "third party trademarks"what goes from the logo to a word. This guideline applies in turn to cover covers of music albums, video games or books, sports logos, public figures, etc., protected by copyright. In a few words Anything that may imply copyright infringementregardless of nature is expressly prohibited unless the developer has an express permission and can prove his possession.
In minors, betting and crypto curves
Google also reserves room for protection of children in their application policy, which states that "applications containing content that sexualize minors are subject to immediate withdrawal of the Play Store" and categorically prohibit applications with adult content aimed at children. Google actually warns Want to delete Google Accounts "all users involved in the distribution of this content" and it will inform the relevant authorities.
Regarding betting, they are only allowed in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In addition to these three countries, there is no money to play with money. This includes online casinos, lotteries and sports betting. Again, emphasize that these apps can be downloaded from the website of the bookmaker in APK format to be installed.
Gambling can only be hosted on Google Play france, irish and british.
Google also mentions "daily fantasy sports applications". It sounds weird, but they are games where more users form an imaginary virtual team (football, for example) with real players, and their score depends on the player's performance in their matches and championships. It's something similar to Comunio. These games, they say from Google, "They should only be distributed in the United States, and you should only be able to access them from this country. "In other countries, you must comply with the requirements for gambling.
Finally, Google prohibits tools, apps that allow binary and cryptocurrency trade miners to trade, even though they allow those who manage mining activity remotely and portfolios, better known as wallets.
What about apps whose content is generated by the user?
Although developers are those who decide what to display in their apps, hand many others where the content is generated by users. Examples are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Reddit, without moving on. Google defines it as "what users contribute and it is visible to at least some of the other users" and may include text, comments, images, etc.
For apps that allow this generation of content, Google says it "All content that violates their policies is unacceptable", Mentioned above. Thus, an app where users upload images can not host sexually explicit content or encourage terrorism.
Applications that allow users to generate content must have simple complaint and withdrawal mechanisms.
Applications of this nature should provide a simple system for reporting and removing content generated by the unacceptable user and remove or block users who violate policies. In the case of streaming apps like Twitch, the inappropriate content must be removed as quickly as possible, as at least you can not predict or limit the real-time publication. Interestingly, applications that "create a reputation for hosting this type of content" can also be removed from Google Play.
As you can see, Google's application policy is restrictive and make sure Google Play is a safe, friendly and suitable for all audiences. However, the system can always improve and is far from perfect. Occasionally, applications like my cryptocurrencies are injecting viruses or performing any of the above-mentioned methods. In that sense, Google Play Protect plays a crucial role in its detection and elimination.
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