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.
@BlackWinnerYoshi @Gargron here's the link to @fedilab's toot about #Fedilab's supposed non-compliance violation notification: https://toot.fedilab.app/@fedilab/104761140268193772
@Gargron Time to make a royal stink about it, then.
@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 news.admin.net-abuse.email.
Audiences tuning you out and telling other people their opinion about you is not discrimination.
@Gargron wait wasn't fedilab the one that went paid-only immediately after people complained that it unblocked Gab?
Publicity is the only thing that'll get Google to back down now. Time to start contacting the large tech news sites and making your case. Make sure to ask followers to read, comment on same share any articles, so news sites see interest and follow up. I'd make sure to add in the analogy between Fedilab and Chrome too, as that's an idea Google won't want spreading, thus encouraging them to take action to make this go away quickly.
@Gargron twitter banned from app stores for doing nothing about nazis when?
@Gargron It is time to report Google Chrome for letting people surf content that incites discrimination.
@Gargron @tateisu BTW, the proposal is here (in Russian):
@gargron that's incredible.
I guess Gopher and Gemini clients are next on the list.
google trying to remove fediverse apps
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