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Google Play blocks the Matrix open source client item, citing “offensive content”

Google Play blocks the Matrix open source client item, citing "offensive content"

Latest app to catch irrational blocking from Google Play Store Is the element, Which is an open source, end-to-end encrypted messaging client for the Unified Matrix Chat Protocol. Google Element banned late Friday night, and it’s Element said “Because of offensive content somewhere on the Matrix.” Matrix has millions of users, and as a federated chat protocol, Element has no control over the content on Matrix, so this is a bit like blocking a web browser to view web content. Element says it works with Google to “explain how Element works and solve the situation”.

Google has it Drastic measures were taken Over apps that display hate content, but Element says it shouldn’t be part of the crackdown. “We’ve also made it clear that the Matrix Servers are us Act Run as an object (including Matrix.org virtual master server, which we run on behalf of Matrix.org Foundation) Owns Strict terms of use We enforce it effectively. We hate abuse, and Element is not an app that responds to offensive content. “

Element says it has a full-time team dedicated to handling abuse reports.

The element (formerly called Riot.im) is Often he was cited As one of Matrix’s best clients. It sounds like a lot – and it actually is Interoperable withProsperity and discord. Element says it is used by “the French and German governments, the United Kingdom and the United States, countless universities, thousands of companies and millions of people around the world”. He saw the app recently An influx of new users After WhatsApp announced about Share Facebook data, That may have led to a deeper scrutiny on the part of Google. At the time of publication, Many other Matrix applications– which by definition shows the same content as Element – is still active on the Play Store.

Google gets 30 percent of all Play Store transactions, which should pay for the store’s running cost, but the company doesn’t essentially hire people to review apps the way Apple does, choosing instead to let robots handle it. an Apple Recently cut Its App Store taxes from 30% to 15%, so Apple charges less developer fees than Google while also offering better human support.

Components Last updated Regarding the case as of this writing, he said he had been waiting more than eight hours for an email response. Element says it has not been notified of the removal, which has now crossed the 24 hour mark.

The robots’ interpretation of Google’s rules often doesn’t make sense, and as a result, Google regularly blocks random applets from the Play Store because they can display content from the internet. We have seen Reddit apps, Podcast appsAnd, other apps that display third-party web content all “win” the Week Block Sweepstakes on Google Play, simply because they can be made to display third-party content. The same is true for Google Search, Chrome, Gmail, and all chat apps from Google, YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Podcasts, but these apps are never blocked. Earlier this week, Google Video application blocking Because it included support for the standard “.ass” subtitle file type in its description.

The only feature of the Play Store is that you don’t have to use it, because Android supports sideloading. Component as well On F-Droid, Which is a fully open source repository of Android apps, although the version featured there is out of date. A more recent version is running APKmirrorThe largest app store for the Android hacking community.

These bans are often temporary bugs that get fixed after a few hours or days, but this gives little consolation to app developers who may suddenly drop their business from under them due to an app bug. “We can only apologize for the disruption caused by the app disappearing this way,” says Element.

Update: Element contacted someone at Google and said the app should be brought back soon.

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