Google Removes MetaMask dApp Browser From Play Store

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Google removed the MetaMask dApp browser from the Play Store citing a policy that prohibits cryptocurrency mining. However, that doesn’t make any sense since the MetaMask app doesn’t mine cryptocurrency.

On December 26th, @metamask_io announced the suspension on Twitter starting with:

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.!?zippy_activeEl=cryptocurrencies%23cryptocurrencies

– MetaMask (@metamask_io) 26 Dec 2019

The appeal rejection cited the same policy: No mining on @Android. We don’t. It’s unclear whether the reviewer doesn’t understand the policy, or whether they are enforcing an unwritten policy. Either way, it’s time to #ProtectWeb3.

– MetaMask (@metamask_io) 26 Dec 2019

About five hours later, @GooglePlayDev responsded with the following:

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) 26 Dec 2019

Dan Findlay (co-lead developer for MetaMask) said the following in a statement to CoinTelegraph:

If people accept this behavior from a mobile monopoly like Google, we may not deserve something better.

Thankfully, Google reinstated the MetaMask app in the Play Store sometime around New Years.

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. @metamask_io - Tweet 1210299207820570624
  2. @metamask_io - Tweet 1210299209003360256
  3. @metamask_io - Tweet 1210299209905139712
  4. CoinTelegraph "Google Suspends MetaMask From Its Play App Store, Citing "Deceptive Services"" by Joeri Cant (26 Dec 2019)
  5. @GooglePlayDev - Tweet 1210381282989035520
  6. "Retrospective on the Temporary Removal of MetaMask From the Chrome Web Store" by Kevin Serrano (26 Jul 2018)