Google pulls Hong Kong protest recreation for violating Play Retailer guidelines

Google has eliminated a pro-Hong Kong protestor recreation referred to as The Revolution of Our Occasions from the Play Retailer, in response to a report from The Wall Road Journal. It marks the newest Hong Kong-related app to be pulled after Apple eliminated a crowdsourced mapping app utilized by protestors and Quartz’s information app.

Whereas the sport has been eliminated, a cached model of the Play Retailer web page continues to be accessible on Google search (at the least for now). As an precise recreation, there doesn’t appear to be an excessive amount of right here past a fundamental text-based Select Your Personal Journey-style narrative that tells the story of a protestor.

In a press release launched to The Wall Road Journal, a Google spokesman defined that the app was eliminated attributable to a Play Retailer coverage that bans “capitalizing on delicate occasions equivalent to making an attempt to make cash from critical ongoing conflicts or tragedies via a recreation.” The sport, whereas free, did provide in-app purchases, ranging in price from $zero.99 to $14.99, in response to the defunct Play Retailer web page. Earlier than being deleted, the app had been downloaded over 1,000 instances, in response to Google’s Play Retailer counter.

Not like Apple’s current App Retailer bans of HKmap.dwell (a crowdsourced mapping app that has been utilized by protestors throughout the ongoing protests within the metropolis) and Quartz’s information app, Google’s takedown feels extra consistent with common app retailer enforcement, though the rule leaves loads of room for interpretation. For instance, who decides what counts as “capitalizing on delicate occasions”?

As occasions in Hong Kong proceed to progress, with an increasing number of firms drawn into the battle, anticipate much more eyes to be on Apple and Google as the 2 tech firms proceed to determine what apps ought to or shouldn’t be allowed to stay on their storefronts.

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