Apple is reportedly allowing the "free speech" social networking service Parler to return to the App Store, but it may not be alone. We're told that the only thing keeping Parler off of Google's Play Store is... well, Parler. The app can apparently come back to Android's biggest app platform just as soon as a version that complies with Play Store policies is submitted.
Apple and Google have both taken the exceptional step of banning any apps that include X-Mode's software from their respective app stores, according to The Wall Street Journal. The news comes after investigations revealed location data gathered by X-Mode in those apps were sold to parties with ties to the US government and national security efforts. Play Store developers have one week to comply before the banhammer falls.
Google's history of draconian and arbitrarydecisions regarding developer infractions on the Play Store is extensivelydocumented. In this latest episode, the open-source torrent client LibreTorrent has been removed from the Play Store due to "spam," with Google claiming that the app is a low-quality duplicate of several others on the Play Store. The twist this time is that LibreTorrent is actually the original app, and it's the others that are the ad-filled "spam" clones.