So, over the last Easter I got some time to to work on the app. I made some bug fixes and add a splash screen and released the update one night and went to sleep.
Unfortunately, I woke up to an email from Google saying that they have suspended my app because apparently I violated one of their policies...
They claim I violated their sexual content policy.
I have no idea how this make any sense given that:
- They didn't remove the (donation) version even tho it's identical to the free version.
- Other Voat apps still exist. I did notice that voBrowser is no longer available either tho, not sure what happened to that one.
- All Reddit apps are fine.
- There are plenty of apps on the store that contain sexual content.
- The app (and website) is filtering out NSFW content by default unless the user enables it.
- Boats has been available for more than a year, what prompted this sudden strike?
This is particularly sad because the app was at the top position and had more than 400+ written reviews, 1000+ ratings and 50k+ downloads.
All this is gone.
They recommended that I create a new app with a new name and submit it. That means all those reviews and downloads are gone.. Not only that, but I have no idea why they wouldn't just suspend whatever I upload again. Also, Google will suspend my account itself if I keep getting my apps suspended, that's pretty fucked up, I don't even know if I'll be able to publish again on the store if they suspend my account.
So, here is what will happen now:
I have submitted an appeal to Google. I'll wait for the result of the appeal and go from there. The most likely outcome is that the appeal won't be accepted and I'll have to submit a new app and hope it doesn't get suspended as well. When the new app (or maybe Boats will be restored) is up then I'll create a new post here and try to notify my old users that they need to move to the new app if they want to continue getting updates.
Anyway, we'll see what happens now, hopefully I can bring the app back.
Space Monkey (still fighting)
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