Google said the new app store policies will allow for zero tolerance towards marijuana and its sale, irrespective of whether the stuff is legal in a particular region or state. Google has also reworked its initial sketch, as it kept the former layout that had an Apps button, instead of replacing it with a Home key.
Google updated its Play Store guidelines on Wednesday to prohibit apps which facilitate the sale and delivery of marijuana.
Google's new rule bans users from ordering marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature, or assisting people in arranging delivery or pickup of marijuana.
They're no longer able to sell marijuana or facilitate the sale of THC products on the platform.
Also defined as inappropriate content under the policies is hate speech, with restrictions on apps that assert, theorize, or encourage the idea "that a protected group is inhuman, inferior or worthy of being hated.or discriminated against". This includes countries and USA states where purchasing marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes is legal.
As for the more kid-friendly target audience and content section, all new apps must answer that section before they get published or rejected. The spokesperson also said that the company has been in touch with numerous developers and are working with them to answer any of the technical issues and assist them in implementing the changes with customer interference.