Google explains why it deleted 'Remove China Apps' from the Play Store
What you need to know
- Google deleted Remove China Apps from the Play Store this week.
- The company has come out to publicly defend its decision.
- The app would have encouraged behavior that Google sees as not in the best interest of the Play Store's community.
Google earlier this week pulled an app "Remove China Apps" from the Play Store. The app was created to help users identify apps that came from Chinese developers or organizations and delete them, potentially inflaming anti-China sentiments.
Responding to the online controversy around the deletion, Google's Play Store team came out to publicly explain the move on its blog:
Google notes here that apps targeting other apps specifically can lead to disruptive sentiment, something which already caught the attention of the Chinese media.
The Chinese state-run Global Times (via TechCrunch) reported:
With Google's post, that question is definitively answered.
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Translation: We want Chinese ad revenue, and you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Elaborated translation: Chinese money mean more to us than Chinese human rights. Suggestion to the developers: Rename your app "Identify Chinese apps", and let people decide what they want to do about them...
They want to stay in the good graces of China. Funny how quickly they will bend over backwards to please them...