Downloading apps on Google Play is a simple task. Just go to the store, look for the name or browse through the different categories and press the green button. This process was 178.1 billion times last year in excess of 2,560,000 apps are available on Google Play,
To reach that point, those more than 2.5 million applications had to pass series filters and meet the requirements of Google Play, which are not small. To track what Google allows and does not allow on Google Play, we'll review the guidelines for the content, namely what an app can offer the user and what is strictly forbidden.
Not everything is allowed on Google Play
According to Google, the program policies for developers and the Developer Distribution Agreement aim to ensure the availability of " the most reliable and innovative applications in the world"and make the store a" safe and respectable platform. "To accomplish this mission, Google's children had to create standards to determine what is harmful and inappropriate for consumers, and the first category is" Inappropriate Content "in the following cases:
- "Sexually explicit content: We do not accept applications that contain or promote explicit sexual content, such as pornography." We do not generally accept content or services intended to cause sexual pleasure. "
This section includes Google representation of sexual or supposed activities or positions, erotic toy ad images, zoophile content, and apps that promote prostitution or sexual services. Anyway, it's about Google Play, not Android, which means you can install the sexual content apps from other sources through the APK.
- "Hate promotion: We do not accept apps that encourage violence or incite hatred towards people or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, other characteristics associated with with systemic discrimination or marginalization.
- Violence: We do not accept apps that represent or facilitate scenes of impartial violence or other dangerous activities.
As regards violence, "graphic images or descriptions of true violence" are forbidden to humans and animals as well applications that encourage injuries such as suicide or eating disorders, among others.
In the category "Hate promotion" Great G also includes "Content of Terrorism", warning that the publication of applications without "purpose, including hiring" is not allowed. Neither allows anyone who "encourages terrorist acts, incites violence or celebrates this kind of attack." However, educational and documentary applications and content for terrorism are permitted provided that "you provide sufficient information so that the user can understand the context".
- Delicate events: We do not accept applications that take advantage of a natural disaster, cruelty, conflict, death or other tragic event, or that address these issues with a lack of reasonable sensitivity.
- Bullying: We do not accept apps that contain or facilitate threats or harassment.
- Dangerous products: We do not accept applications that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.
As far as firearms are concerned, applications that allow "automatic capture simulation" are not allowed or convert a firearm for automatic capture, "which is curious, given that Weaphones, an application that allows this to happen, is on Google Play and has more than 10 million downloads, explosives, weapons, and more.
Also, applications that "facilitate or encourage illegal activities" such as, for example, are not allowed buying and selling illicit drugs or medicines They need a recipe. Additionally with instructions for cultivating or processing drugs or instigating alcohol or tobacco consumption in minors are not allowed.
What about apps that violate copyright?
We all know the availability of applications that allow download music, videos, and movies on AndroidIn fact, simple search is enough to see the long strip of them. In theory, they are not allowed: "we do not allow applications that cause or encourage copyright infringement", including streaming or local downloads. However, this does not prevent that they can not be installed from other sources.
The fact that an application can not be hosted on Google Play does not mean it can not be installed from other sources
Neither are applications like this violate "third-party trademarks", what happens from the logo to a single word. This guideline applies, in turn, to the use of cover of music albums, video games or books, the logo of sports teams, images of public figures, etc., which are copyrighted. In a few words, which may include copyright infringement, regardless of nature, is explicitly prohibited unless the developer has explicit permission and can prove ownership.
With regard to minors, bets and cripples
Google also reserves the right to the protection of children in the application policy, finding that "apps that include content that sexually explores minors are subject to the immediate withdrawal of the Play Store" and explicitly prohibit adult adult content targeted at children. In fact, Google warns this will delete your Google Accounts "all users involved in the distribution of this content" and this will inform the relevant authorities.
As for betting games, they are only allowed in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Beyond these three sides, real money gambling is nowhere. This includes online casinos, lotteries and sports betting. Again, emphasize that these apps can be downloaded from the APK bookmaker website to be installed.
Gambling can only be hosted on Google Play francea, Irish, and British.
Google also mentions "daily fantastic sports apps." It sounds strange, but they are games in which multiple users form an imaginary virtual team (eg football) with real players and their outcome depends on the players' performance in the matches and the championship. This is something similar to Comunio. These games are said by Google, "they should only be distributed in the United States, and you must only have access to them from this country. "In other countries you must comply with the gambling requirements.
Finally, with regard to tools, Google forbids apps that allow dual trading options and cryptoplaning miners, although they allow those who manage mining remotely and portfolios, better known as portfolios,
What apps whose content is generated by the user?
Although developers are the ones who decide what to show in their apps, hand many others where content is generated by users, Examples are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Reddit, without going any further. Google identifies it as "the one with which its users contribute and is visible to at least some other users," and may include text, comments, images, and so on.
For apps that allow this generation of content, Google says this "All content that violates their policies is unacceptable", mentioned above. In this way, an app in which users upload photos can not host explicit sexual content or promote terrorism, for example.
Applications that allow the user to generate content must have simple complaints and withdrawal mechanisms
For example, Apple says applications can show NSFW (Not Safe For Work) as long as they are hidden by default, but Google does not mention anything about it. In theory, it's the power of apps to determine inappropriate content in accordance with Google's policies, and its distribution must be banned under terms and conditions of use. General terms and conditions that must be met by users before adding anything to these applications.
Apps of this kind need provide a simple system for reporting and removing content generated by an unacceptable user and remove or block users who violate the policy. In the case of streaming applications such as Twitch, inappropriate content should be removed as soon as possible because at least you can not anticipate or restrict it in real time. Interestingly, apps that "create a reputation for hosting this type of content" can also be removed from Google Play.
As you can see, Google's application policies are restrictive and ensures that Google Play is safe, friendly, and suitable for all audiences. However, the system can always improve and is far from perfect. Sometimes requests are dropped that hide powerful crypto components, inject viruses, or perform any of the above practices. In this sense, Google Play protection plays a major role in detecting and removing it.
Via | Google