Google is a "cornerstone sponsor" of FOSDEM this year, which is being run entirely on Matrix, accessible on Android via Element, which has just been pulled from Google's Play Store. FOSDEM is in a week. This all makes perfect sense.
@mhoye These conferences really do need other sponsors, I know google contribute to free software but they also go against what some free software ideas stand for, certainly freedom and privacy.
@mhoye Sometimes I feel like Google has two personalities. The open-source loving and good company Google and the proprietary, privacy invasive and anti-competitive Google.
@mhoye The app was restored to the store a few hours ago after a VP at Google reached out to the Matrix people, and they addressed reports Google had about some problematic content on a Matrix network, apparently.
Take a look at the original post where they added an update: https://element.io/blog/element-on-google-play-store/
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