Monday, 16 September, 2019

Google Bans Buying Weed Using Play Store Apps

Google ramps up efforts to make the Play Store a safe and positive place for kids and families Google bans marijuana delivery apps from the Play Store - even in states where the drug is legal
Cecil Davis | 14 June, 2019, 06:58

"We don't allow apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, regardless of legality", reads Google's policy.

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.

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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.

Both apps are also listed in Apple's App Store, but in accordance with the platform's rules, they've removed the in-app shopping cart feature.

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TechCrunch builds a case that the rule change is related to a recent complaint filed in December with the FTC over kids' apps in Google Play.

Luckily Google ain't no nark, copper - it is working with the developers of apps like Leafly and Weedmaps to ensure they're compliant, rather than just banning them.