The Play Shop’s policies presently alert “any apps referencing COVID-19, or associated terms, in any type in their metadata will only be approved for distribution in the Play Shop if they are released, commissioned or authorized by [official government entities and public health organizations].”
While it has helped clean up the Play Store from truly deceptive apps, one podcast app– Podcast Addict– has fallen victim to an obtuse (or particularly robotic) reading of it.
Here’s the notification I got this morning … pic.twitter.com/UJF20 ZnaPw
— Podcast Addict (@PodcastAddict) May 16, 2020
While the spirit of the guideline is the avoidance of the spread of apps providing fake and hazardous health recommendations, a rather rigorous reading of it would cause any apps with coronavirus content being gotten rid of from the Play Store.
This isn’t a new thing for the app, Podcast Addict has actually been a victim of Google’s content policies in the past, and other content apps like this are likely to fall victim in the future due to Googles mainly automated Play Store material small amounts.
In the meantime if you wish to install the official variation of the app you can do it from here: https://t.co/bKR7nrEfW4
It uses the official signature, so you’ll be able to get future update from the Play Store (if it come back to the shop)
— Podcast Addict (@PodcastAddict) May 17, 2020
As of now, the app has been suspended from the Play Shop without any recourse besides to wait on the outcomes of an appeal. In the meantime, anyone still interested in getting the app might download the APK file and sideload it.
Google nukes all coronavirus Android apps in Play Store