Slide for Reddit is a fairly in style third-party, cross-platform, open-source Reddit consumer. In my humble opinion, it is the most effective one on the market (do not @ me), however followers of the app could have observed that it disappeared from the Play Retailer within the final couple of days. It seems, the developer ran right into a small downside with the app’s ranking, which, due to Google’s stereotypically horrible developer assist, shortly exploded right into a full-blown suspension of the developer’s account. (Replace: And now it is again on the Play Retailer.)
The problem began on Thursday when the app was faraway from the Play Retailer because of an age ranking downside: The app’s metadata listed the target market as “17+” slightly than “18+.” That is a small distinction, however an essential (and truthful) one in response to Play Retailer insurance policies, though even the first-party Reddit app is just rated 17+.
Google does not apply its guidelines evenly.
Following a evaluate, Google flagged the app for automated removing from the Play Retailer. The developer subsequently re-submitted the corrected particulars to Google, and every part ought to have been fortunately resolved, with solely a small interruption for the app’s customers till it was once more made accessible through the Play Retailer.
…this app is a Reddit consumer that exhibits the identical content material each different Reddit consumer does, however for some cause, it was focused for removing primarily based on that content material.
Sadly, Google took the chance to droop the developer’s account totally, claiming he violated the Play Retailer’s violent content material coverage. Bear in mind, this app is a Reddit consumer that exhibits the identical content material each different Reddit consumer does, however for some cause, it was focused for removing primarily based on that content material. As with each different Reddit consumer, by default it does not even present NSFW content material — as long as it is tagged as such on Reddit.
Sadly for Slide for Reddit’s followers, the developer is presently caught ready in an appeals limbo concerning Google’s determination, and people of us that use the app, and even paid for the premium model, are out of luck if we wish to pull it down from the Play Retailer. Fortunately, much less arbitrarily draconian strategies of app distribution exist, and you’ll nonetheless obtain Slide for Reddit from APK Mirror and FDroid — an open-source Play Retailer various extra of us ought to in all probability keep in mind.
This is not the primary time that Google’s horrible Play Retailer insurance policies and poor developer assist have misfired, impacting each prospects and app-makers alike. No matter the reason for these repeated points, Google can and may do a lot higher.
When requested if the developer wish to present us with a particular assertion, we got the next:
Slide for Reddit has been a staple of the Reddit neighborhood for the final 5 years, and this week Slide was faraway from the Google Play Retailer because of an obvious violation of Google’s content material coverage. I’ve appealed the choice and am following all accessible processes to resolve this case and get Slide again on the Google Play Retailer. Enormous thanks to the Slide neighborhood for the assist and endurance throughout this time.
With the developer presently specializing in the iOS model of the app (in addition to real-life developments detailed in a publish to the app’s subreddit), the Android model of Slide for Reddit hasn’t seen many updates within the final yr, but it surely’s nonetheless a extensively used app, with over 100,000+ downloads on the Play Retailer. Hopefully, Google can repair its error concerning the app and reinstate each the developer’s account and Slide for Reddit’s Play Retailer itemizing quickly.
It was pointed out to us that even the official first-party Reddit app doesn’t meet the same age rating the initial review attempted to impose on Slide for Reddit — further proof big-name developers get a free pass from Google. Our coverage has been updated with that information.
Back on the Play Store
Slide for Reddit’s developer was able to get the app reinstated with a new v6.3 release available now on the Play Store. He was also finally provided with an explanation for the ban: A single screenshot in the app’s store listing, present for the last four years, which included the text “ISIS” in a link’s title from a news-related post to r/news, which the developer claims triggered an automatic bot removal.
Clearly a ban-worthy offense.
Any manual review would have noted the context of the “ISIS” reference was non-violent, news-related, and clearly incidental, but that would have required human intervention and attention on the part of Google, something that Slide for Reddit’s developer apparently couldn’t get for weeks. In the meantime, Google’s reliance on automation to handle its developer support continues to be a serious problem.