Google plans to remove Fediverse apps from the Google Play Store
Google plans to remove Fediverse apps from the Google Play Store because they “incite” hatred. These programs are designed to connect users to federated servers.
Google has sent a warning to the developers of Android applications Husky, Fedilab, and Subway Tooter, which allows you to communicate in decentralized social networks Fediverse, the need to eliminate violations of the rules of the Play Store catalog. Google has given 7 days to eliminate, after which programs that do not meet all the requirements will be removed from the Google Play directory.
Google has turned to the developers of those applications that do not have a mechanism for censoring user content, as well as those that do not block servers that contain racist, xenophobic, and extremist groups.
According to the author of the platform for creating decentralized social networks Mastodon, the applications that received the message do not promote groups with hate speech and do not support them, but only allow the user to enter the address of any decentralized social network server that interests him. The responsibility for the information hosted on the selected network lies with the server administrator, not the developers.
A Mastodon spokesman also added that following this principle, Google could also require the removal of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and other browsers, as they give access to questionable resources and inappropriate content.