Google removed the Android app for Gab.ai from the Play Store claiming that Gab wasn’t removing controversial content from its platform. Gab is branded as the free speech, non-authoritarian alternative to Twitter, so of course they’re not going to start censoring content for arbitrary reasons.
Google gave Breitbart the following statement:
In order to be on the Play Store, social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people. This is a long-standing rule and clearly stated in our developer policies. Developers always have the opportunity to appeal a suspension and may have their apps reinstated if they’ve addressed the policy violations and are compliant with our Developer Program Policies.
An event like this begs the question: what role does a company like Google play in the censorship decisions of a platform like Twitter?
Gab filed a lawsuit against Google about a month later.