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 similar story with @fedilab@toot.fedilab.app. Seriously, from the innocent app developers

@BlackWinnerYoshi @Gargron here's the link to @fedilab@toot.fedilab.app's toot about 's supposed non-compliance violation notification: toot.fedilab.app/@fedilab/1047

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

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