The latest ban that Google have implemented is the removal of mining extensions from its Chrome store. It has been reported that any that already feature on it as well will be getting removed swiftly.
This ban has come after it has been revealed that the Google Play Store has recently become bogged down with fake crypto-based apps, which have got the reputation of stealing money from the people who download them. If they are not having to deal with theft, the likelihood is that they would have harvested their data, or mined coins for a third party without their knowledge.
Speaking of the removal, Google have released a statement saying;
“Until now, Chrome Web Store policy has permitted cryptocurrency mining in extensions as long as it is the extension’s single purpose, and the user is adequately informed about the mining behaviour. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store…From today, Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency. Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store in late June. Extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store.”
This is not the first time that Google have made headlines. They were among the first to ban advertising for ICO’s and blockchain related products; a move that has since been copied by a number of different social media sites.
Users can expect to see affected apps to be removed in June.
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