"our app Pinreel, a complex video maker App"
I think I can see what has happened here!
Google's senior veep for Android, Chrome OS and Play Store, Hiroshi Lockheimer, has apologised for suspending the popular Podcast Addict app, but he might not have expected the outpouring of frustration from other developers with their own tales to tell. The exec said on Twitter this morning: "Apologies to Podcast Addict fans …
Enhance 224 to 176.
Move in. Stop.
Pull out, track right. Stop.
Center and pull back. Stop.
Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop.
Enhance 34 to 36.
Pan right or-and pull back. Stop.
Enhance 34 to 46.
Pull back. Wait a minute. Go right. Stop.
Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop.
Enhance 15 to 23.
Gimme a hard copy right there.
Mines the dirty raincoat with the copy of 'Do androids dream of electronic sleep?' in the pocket...
I had the same thing happen when I submitted an app to the Store a couple of months ago. As with these, nothing medical or claiming to give answers - just sharing info on local businesses operating deliveries etc. - but as the release was brought forward due to current events, these were mentioned in the app description.
Caught by the filter and got a very scary email threatening to deactivate my Google account and any related accounts, but I put in an appeal and it was overturned within a couple of days; just had to remove the references from the store listing.
"The kinks in your process is that you have one guy to review everything."
In spite of the 'long tail' model, Google etc still get most of their revenues from a limited number of customers, none of whom will ever get an app rejected or account suspended. Everyone else, to Google, is a PITA to be tolerated, not a customer to be supported, hence much less dedicated manpower
I wonder if these are early signs of issues when machine learning based technologies are widely deployed.
Once you bless it as trained, whatever output is the verdict - how and why it got there is elusive. No body can tell why machine learning systems comes out with an specific outcome - it is an art of statistics and probabilities after all.
I guess the emails and Google developer relations don't respond is because they don't know why either.
Computer says no.....
This is the problem with any type of censorship that does not have oversight or accountability. At least if a commercial site gets too ban-happy it will result in an opportunity for the competition and consequent loss of customers. Non-commercial organisations (e.g. the IWF) can secretly ban whatever they like with no consequences.
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