Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Bans Apps That Facilitate Sale of Marijuana

Google Bans Apps That Facilitate Sale of Marijuana

However, those who are planning to submit new apps to the Play Store will have to align their product with Google's policies from today.

Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company, has introduced a new rule to ban the apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana, regardless of legality.

"These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy", a spokesperson told Gizmodo. Android apps can still promote marijuana, but will not be allowed to offer an "in-app shopping cart feature". Google will then use the information provided, together with a review of your app marketing assets, to categorize your app and also apply the proper policies for target audience groups namely children, children and older users, and older users.

Facilitating the sale of products containing THC.

The marijuana policy change might be overcompensation for this stated intention. According to the policy, apps that "facilitate the sale of tobacco (including e-cigarettes)" are banned.

If they fail to do so in that time frame, the apps are at risk of being removed from the Play Store.

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The tech firm said it's working with many of them to answer technical questions.

As Gizmodo pointed out, while this prevents apps from listing on the Play Store, Android users can still sideload any apps onto their device.

These changes monitor several aspects of app development related to the handling of data and keeping a track of the demographics the developer chooses to target.

Sen. Hawley applauded the Play Store's new policy on loot boxes, saying that Google should take further measures and force video game publishers to "keep slot machines out of the hands of children".

A spokesperson from the company said to the Verge that, while in California, and several other markets in the United States, lawmakers have established clear cannabis laws and regulations. Now they are rolling out new policies for developers to ensure that they will be able to create a more kid-friendly Google Play Store.

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