Google Suspends Popular Ethereum Wallet Client MetaMask From Its Android App Store

By December 28, 2019Ethereum
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The Android app of the popular Ethereum wallet and decentralized application browser MetaMask has been banned from the Google Play store, and appeals to reverse the ban have been denied.

MetaMask revealed it was banned on social media over Google’s policy against cryptocurrency mining apps on its app store. MetaMask, as an ETH wallet and decentralized application browser, doesn’t offer any mining features. Those behind the ETH wallet noted it’s unclear “whether the reviewer doesn’t understand the policy, or whether they are enforcing an unwritten policy.”

In the last week, the MetaMask Android client was suspended by the Google Play App Store @googleplaydev. They cited their policy that bans mining on mobile, which we don't. Appeal rejected. #ProtectWeb3.!?zippy_activeEl=cryptocurrencies%23cryptocurrencies

— MetaMask (@metamask_io) December 26, 2019

The Ethereum wallet’s operators noted this isn’t the first time Google banned MetaMask. Back in 2018 the wallet was banned from the Chrome Web Store, but after the community voiced concerns regarding the move the tech giant quickly re-listed it on its platform.

MetaMask was banned at a time in which YouTube, a Google-owned video-sharing platform, started removing cryptocurrency-related videos for unclear reasons. The company has issued a statement on social media claiming it was a “mistake,” but only after various content creators spoke out and the move made headlines.

The ETH wallet’s developers added that if MetaMask is left banned, they will work on “other ways of bringing our services to users still stranded on the Android platform while they migrate to something more free.”

MetaMask is a very popular Ethereum wallet and decentralized application browser, so much so various fake apps have throughout the years appeared on Googly Play to swindle users out of their funds.

Other wallets available on the Google Play store that let users browse decentralized applications and store Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens include the Trust Wallet, the Coinbase Wallet, and Opera’s built-in cryptocurrency wallet.

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