Google has released a new policy to combat apps that provide user-responsive downloads in the Play Store. With the new policy, applications will be prevented from using items such as misleading names and application icons.
Google Announced It Is Releasing A New Policy To Fight Misleading Apps In Play Store. Google Play has published a broader and user-friendly policy to combat misleading apps.
Google Play Store new policy
Google has taken an important step in the fight against misleading content that can victimize users on the Play Store, which is used by millions of Android users. Google has published a new policy to avoid misleading content in terms of the names and visuals of the applications, thus aiming to provide a more reliable online store service.
The decisions to be implemented with the published policy have been explained in detail and with examples by Google. Applications that do not comply with the decisions will not be offered for download on the platform, and all misleading expressions will be completely removed from the platform.
The new policy is basically shaped on 3 rules:
There are 3 different rules on which Google’s new developer policy focuses on. The first is that the application names are not longer than 30 characters. At the same time, expressions such as ‘top, free, download’ that are not directly related to the application and aiming to get more downloads by misleading users will not be used in the application names. Finally, misleading expressions such as ‘the most downloaded of 2020’ or ‘the most popular game of 2021’ will not be allowed to appear on the app icons.
In Google’s new policy, not only the name and icon of the application, but also the in-app images available in the Play Store will be inspected. Images and videos that do not reflect the application correctly, do not provide sufficient information and contain expressions such as ‘top, free, download, best’ will not be allowed. This new policy, developed by Google to make the Play Store a safer store, will be implemented in the second half of 2021.