I was notified that @tateisu's Mastodon app "Subway Tooter" has received a warning from the Google Play Store citing user-generated content that "incites discrimination".

A Mastodon app does not host or promote any content. The user types the address to connect to. The responsibility of moderating resides with that server. So unless Google is going to drop Chrome, Firefox and Opera from its platform, this is completely out of line.

Source in Japanese:

I knew this reminded me of something, I looked it up and similar things have happened to at least one podcast app in the past. Eventually Google admitted there was no violation but only after the story gained publicity.

@Gargron Google standard operating practice: Oppress people until it's a PR problem.

@ned This is almost word for word the same thing spammers whine about on

Audiences tuning you out and telling other people their opinion about you is not discrimination.

@Gargron @tateisu We can't trust Big N to support a free and open Internet if it isn't in their financial interests. We have to do it ourselves.

@Gargron @tateisu Does Subway Tooter filter out Gab-type instances? Bet the Gab types are brigading the reporting system if so. 😒

@Gargron @tateisu Google Play is a joke, and they constantly harass developers over completely unintelligible nonsense 😕

@Gargron @tateisu I remember that #Fedilab had the same problem, with censors signalling it to Google Play and F-droid because it allowed access to bad instances :-(

@Gargron @tateisu Just proposed this as one of the topics for "Radio-T" podcast.

Hope that publicity can help to solve this issue.

@Gargron web browsers promote hate content and should be banned from all app stores immediately

@gargron that's incredible.

I guess Gopher and Gemini clients are next on the list. :thonking:

@Gargron @tateisu

at a certain extent, this is good. It means google hasn’t find a way to make money out of the fediverse. Otherwise, any content was good….

@Gargron @tateisu This is what Gab was trying to do, right? Create a situation where Google has to either allow them or ban all fediverse clients? Does anyone know if apps like Tusky who took steps to protect themselves have been treated the same or differently?

@Gargron @tateisu inb4 "let's block a password app because it allows the user to store a password to a website that we consider hate speech"
dumb shit.
@Gargron @tateisu "let's block image viewers because they allow the users to view images of hate speech"
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