Disturbing reports that Google Play is threatening to kick out Mastodon apps. See:

App stores have a track record of acting capriciously & are also easy targets for gov't censors (including Trump). This is why alternatives like @fdroidorg are so important for user freedom.

If unfamiliar: F-Droid is a free & open source app you can use to install other Android apps, with focus on free & open source software. Get it here:

I think the issue is more that we want regular average people on the fediverse too and they have no concept of installing apps outside the app store at all.
@eloquence @fdroidorg

@eloquence @fdroidorg I think these reports are actually rather from malicious users who disagree with app authors and they report the apps in the hope they get banned. We've seen this before - cancel culture, app store edition.


That seems plausible. I've also seen Google go through waves of reinterpreting its own policies, possibly as part of outsourcing policy enforcement to new teams. (I maintain a small Chrome extension so I've had to deal with a lot of that BS.)

@eloquence @fdroidorg Also, all the fediverse apps targeted were blamed for not moderating hate speech. That is not the app's responsibility. It's the instance's responsibility.

I suggest we all report google chrome in the app store for not moderating hate speech for all the websites it let's you visit.

You can do so from the play store, or from a computer go to:

@eloquence @fdroidorg

That's part of the reason why Dandelion devs did not put their app on Play:

Some have suggested it's because gab is accessible through them. Google doesn't like gab!

@eloquence @fdroidorg Let them get fucked with their walled gardens.
Using Graphene OS with F-Droid since almost two months now. Way better UX. If only Twitter would interface with mastodon...

@eloquence - I'm not surprised by Mastodon getting kicked out of the Google Play store. Do you know if IP addresses are considered private information according to CCPA?


So far none have been kicked out yet as far as I know, and not all appear to have received warnings. Not sure re: CCPA, but also not sure why relevant, since these apps generally just let you connect to an instance of your choice.

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