Third Party Reddit App Banned From Google Play Store For Being Porn

Posted on Mar 19 2012 - 9:35pm by Kevin Thomas

You read the headline correctly, a new third party Reddit app called “Reddit is Fun” has been banned by the powers that be at the Google Play Store for being porn. Both versions, free and premium, were pulled out of the store.

“I got 2 emails from the Google Play Store telling me my apps, reddit is fun lite and pro, have been banned for sexually explicit material,” said the app’s creator Andrew Shu in a Reddit submission post. “I’m not sure how to go about appealing this. After all it’s true that reddit content includes NSFW (not safe for work) content. Not sure exactly why my app was singled out and the other reddit apps weren’t, though.”

While some updates to the original story at Venturebeat suggest that this is a one time case and an oversight on the part of the Google Play Store, an interesting point is raised. It looks like, since merging everything under the Google Play name, there is some kind of content censoring/filtering system in place. The absence of hard scrutiny on content of apps is one thing that attracts so many different developers to Android in the first place.

Google finally responded to a request from Venture Beat for comment and said simply; “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.”

source: Venturebeat

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  • Silver Fang

    It doesn’t matter. Saavy Android users know how to sideload.

  • http://nanek.name/ Lance Nanek

    Even if we techies can sideload, the app will get a huge reduction in downloads due to not being listed on the market where most people get their apps. This means the app’s premium version will sell less, which means the creators will have less money, which means they probably won’t be able to afford putting as much time into improving the app, unfortunately.