Google is set to get rid of all apps that involve digital currency mining in its Play store. The company explains that such programs endanger children and pose a threat to Android users. A new policy update, that bans crypto mining tools, was released last week.
"We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency," the updated rules read.
Having updated the policy, Google wanted to shut down all dubious ventures that encourage users to utilize crypto mining applications. However, apps that help to manage the process of virtual coin mining are allowed. The move comes after the technology giant prohibited crypto mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store in April. The reason for the ban was claimed to be the developers of malicious software who aim to take advantage of the resource with the help of users.
In addition, the company claimed it will ban practices that imply to be for children but contain adult materials. Such apps won’t be accepted to the Google Play store as a measure of protecting children from inappropriate content.
All the story with hidden sexual data has initially started from YouTube. There were some videos with a Disney label, like the Frozen cartoon, that in fact contained adult themes. Now the issue has spread on mobile apps too.
To the apps prohibited by the new Google policy belong any piece of software designed to sell explosives and ammunition. Besides, it is also planned to clean up applications with low quality, similar content, and large amounts of ads promotion.