Google Play Store Extracted Cryptocurrency and Blockchain News Including Cointelegraph and Coindesk

Prerna Sengupta
Prerna Sengupta is a writer for Thecoinrepublic. She is a law student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. She is interested in Tech Law and is especially keen on cryptocurrency, blockchain, and Bitcoin. She hopes to pursue this field in the future as a lawyer.
  • World’s largest search engine Google bans cryptocurrency news apps from its playstore.
  • Apart from extracting several notable apps, Cointelegraph and Coindesk were two prominent sites affected by this action.

World’s largest search engine Google bans cryptocurrency news apps from its playstore. All cryptocurrency and blockchain news sites cover under this veto. Apart from extracting several notable apps, Cointelegraph and Coindesk were two prominent sites affected by this action.

Google continues it’s Data Monopoly

The Google playstore unexpectedly removed crypto news apps including two major news sites Cointelegraph and Coindesk from its playstore. These sites were reported to be unavailable to the Android users as of 2:00 p.m ET Monday.

This hasty action was done without any prior intimation to the aforementioned sites.

A statement published by Cointelegraph depicts that Google did not inform Cointelegraph regarding this issue. However, Cointelegraph tried to reach the company but due to press time, they failed to get the response.

As soon as they receive any updates from Google, they will update their information to the onlookers.

Is Google intentionally doing this?

This is not the first time that Google removed crypto-related news and stuff from its playstore. In 2018, Google blocked crypto-related advertisements and also initial coin offerings (ICO) contents. The story does not end up here; this ban was also suffered by crypto exchanges, trading advice, and wallets. Google’s web browser also prohibited some crypto-related chrome extensions.

A popular video-sharing platform YouTube deleted various videos and channels of the crypto experts that represented deafening disputes from the entire crypto community. Later, YouTube was enforced to tag everything as an “error.”

It was also noted that not only the crypto news apps were prohibited from the playstore but also MetaMask, decentralized (DApp) browser, and an Ethereum (ETH) too were removed by Google.

Google found that MetaMask was violating its financial services policies and thus, it rejected any requests to regress its decision.

Now it’s up to Google how long it will continue to block these sites and resumes their operations again.

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