Google has restored the Android application of MetaMask
The Google App Store has long been famous for having unusually strict rules regarding crypto-related applications. Especially applications that provide financial services. In the past, Google Play hosted a lot of legitimate crypto apps. However, perhaps because the previous censorship mechanism is still loose, there have been quite several fake and fraudulent applications that intruded and greatly affected the security and user assets. Therefore, any cryptocurrency project must be censored by Google over and over again. And probably because of a misunderstanding that MetaMask violated its cryptocurrency mining ban, Google removed the Ethereum (ETH) wallet as well as the MetaMask dApp from the Google Play store. However, perhaps realizing its mistake, Google restores MetaMask on its platform.
Google restores MetaMask, spinning the cryptocurrency community
After temporarily removing the MetaMask app on the Google Play store last week, Google has now restored it.
In the last week, the MetaMask Android client was suspended by the Google Play App Store @googleplaydev. They cited their policy that bans mining on mobile, which we don’t. Appeal rejected. #ProtectWeb3.https://t.co/rfP4EbOAqv!?zippy_activeEl=cryptocurrencies%23cryptocurrencies
— MetaMask (@metamask_io) December 26, 2019
The MetaMask team has tried to appeal to the Google removal decision and has been successful. It seems that after a period of review of MetaMask’s operating policy, Google changed its mind.
Happy New Year! Upon careful consideration, Google has permitted The MetaMask mobile app back on the Google Play (Android) store! Thanks to all the believers in an open web for speaking out in our support! https://t.co/Z8KOCtvHq0
— MetaMask (@metamask_io) January 1, 2020
As AZCoin News once mentioned, last week, Google suspended the MetaMask application, citing a policy of banning cryptocurrency mining applications from the Google Play store. However, it is worth mentioning that MetaMask does not provide mining services. It’s just a browser extension that allows users to run decentralized Ethereum applications.
However, there are quite a several smart contracts operating on MetaMask that allow the creation of HEX tokens in exchange for ETH. The process is more like buying tokens than mining. However, “nearly” is enough to conflict with Google’s rules about providing financial support for cryptocurrencies. Therefore, the fact that MetaMask offers a way to exploit HEX has been considered a scam.
Here’s a demo of how to import keys, sign, claim and stake in 1 minute. HEX is easy!
— HEX (@HEXcrypto) October 28, 2019
Once the application has been restored, MetaMask says this experience has made the application stronger and more powerful. MetaMask has about 264,000 monthly active users. This app has been impersonated many times in the past. In February 2019, Lukas Stefanko, an internet security researcher at Eset, found a malicious application on the Android/Clipper.C platform, intending to impersonate the MetaMask application.
The report indicates that Ethereum owners who downloaded the application may have their private keys stolen and result in the loss of unjust money. Like other clipper types, this malware can also take control of the victim’s cache to replace their Bitcoin or Ethereum addresses.
Not long ago, YouTube also flagged, or even removed, many videos related to cryptocurrencies of famous crypto influencers. However, just like Google, YouTube soon restored the videos and apologized to the community.
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