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Google pulls Hong Kong protest game for violating rules against ‘capitalizing on sensitive events’

Google has eliminated a pro-Hong Kong protestor recreation known as The Revolution of Our Times from the Play Store, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It marks the most recent Hong Kong-related app to be pulled after Apple eliminated a crowdsourced mapping app utilized by protestors and Quartz’s information app.

While the sport has been eliminated, a cached version of the Play Store web page remains to be obtainable on Google search (no less than for now). As an precise recreation, there doesn’t appear to be an excessive amount of right here past a primary text-based Choose Your Own Adventure-style narrative that tells the story of a protestor.

Google pulls Hong Kong protest game for violating rules against ‘capitalizing on sensitive events’

In an announcement launched to The Wall Street Journal, a Google spokesman defined that the app was eliminated attributable to a Play Store coverage that bans “capitalizing on sensitive events such as attempting to make money from serious ongoing conflicts or tragedies through a game.” The recreation, whereas free, did supply in-app purchases, ranging in value from $0.99 to $14.99, in accordance with the defunct Play Store web page. Before being deleted, the app had been downloaded over 1,000 occasions, in accordance with Google’s Play Store counter.

Unlike Apple’s latest App Store bans of HKmap.dwell (a crowdsourced mapping app that has been utilized by protestors throughout the ongoing protests within the metropolis) and Quartz’s information app, Google’s takedown feels extra in keeping with common app retailer enforcement, though the rule leaves loads of room for interpretation. For instance, who decides what counts as “capitalizing on sensitive events”?

As occasions in Hong Kong proceed to progress, with increasingly corporations drawn into the battle, count on much more eyes to be on Apple and Google as the 2 tech corporations proceed to resolve what apps ought to or shouldn’t be allowed to stay on their storefronts.

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