According to a story at Android Police, a number of developers of Android apps which have the capability to block ads in web browsers have received notifications from Google that their apps have been kicked out of the Google Play store and are no longer available for download. The notifications from Google clearly note that the reason the apps are being pulled is because they violate the Google Play Store’s developer agreement: “REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.” After a regular review we have determined that your app interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner. This violates the provision of your agreement with Google referred to above. A search for “adblock” on the play store this morning returned no relevant results, and directly accessing a URL for an ad-blocking package shows the package’s page and a notice that the app is “no longer available.”
Google Removes Ad-Blocking Software from Google Play
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).