MetaMask tweeted that Google took down the Ethereum wallet client under their policy of not allowing crypto mining apps on the app store but MetaMask is not a crypto mining app. The appeal to reverse the ban has also been denied by giving the same reason. MetaMask is an ETH wallet and decentralized application browser.
Not the first time Google suspended Metamask.
In July 2018, the app was abruptly removed from the Chrome Web Store, but when the crypto community raised their voice against the decision, the tech-giant quickly reinstated the app on its platform. Google-owned YouTube also censored several crypto-related content on its platform without any prior notifications. But the company has admitted its mistake and is working to re-enable the deleted videos.
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.https://t.co/rfP4EbOAqv!?zippy_activeEl=cryptocurrencies%23cryptocurrencies
— MetaMask (@metamask_io) December 26, 2019
If left banned, developers will find another way.
The MetaMak’s team tweeted that if left banned, they will find another way to make the app available to their android users. Several big names from the crypto community have raised their concerns about the Google censorship on cryptocurrency. Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao, and Tron founder criticized the centralized platform. Google play store replied to the MetaMask tweet, saying that they have escalated the issue to the relevant team for further investigation.
Hi , thanks for reaching out. We have escalated your issue to the relevant team for further investigation. We appreciate your patience while we are looking into this. #AskPlayDev
— Google Play Apps & Games (@GooglePlayDev) December 27, 2019