Google Play is banning apps that promote ‘sugar dating’ or ‘compensated sex’. From September 1, the Google App Store will ‘ban’ giving sugar-parent apps ‘benefits’ as part of new restrictions on sex content.
Mountain View tech company announced the new policy changes via a post on the Google Play Console Support website. The post mentions a number of policy changes, the main one being a ban on “paid sex” or apps related to sugar dating only.
For the uninitiated, sugar dating usually refers to a relationship where a wealthy older person compensates the young in exchange for ‘usually sexual’ favors. ‘Illegal dating site’ Ashley Madison publishes a list of clients with extensive data breaches and creates a commotion among the public when the term enters the vocabulary. Although Ashley Madison was one of the sources of this kind of grace search, the App Store published many similar apps such as Elite Millionaire Singles, SeekingArrangement and Spoil. Surprisingly, some of these apps are looking for a different solution, explicitly referring to ‘Sugar Daddy’.
BBC Notes that journalists have identified a number of apps that explicitly support sugar dating, some even with thousands of installations. Apparently, Google’s decision appears to be inspired by U.S. law and it is now banning blankets on sexual content. The technology giant is updating its inappropriate content policy to renew the ban on sex content.
“As a platform, we are always excited to support our developer partners, but we work hard to provide a safe experience for users. We’ve updated our inappropriate content policy to ban apps that provide benefits. This aligns our policies with other Google policies and industry rules, “Google said (via Android Police).
In addition, Google is introducing new policies that will close the accounts of inactive and abandoned developers who have not been using them for more than a year. Several other changes include the Developer Preview of App Set ID to prevent analysis or fraud, and the User Data Policy has been revised to prevent ‘connecting permanent device identifiers with personal and sensitive user data’. The company will add a ban on apps that target children as well. As mentioned earlier, these changes will take effect on or before September 1.
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