I was notified that @tateisu's Mastodon app "Subway Tooter" has received a warning from the Google Play Store citing user-generated content that "incites discrimination".

A Mastodon app does not host or promote any content. The user types the address to connect to. The responsibility of moderating resides with that server. So unless Google is going to drop Chrome, Firefox and Opera from its platform, this is completely out of line.

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Yes, Fedilab has also 7 days to bring changes without knowing what exactly.

@Gargron wait wasn't fedilab the one that went paid-only immediately after people complained that it unblocked Gab?

Two facts quite separate in time that had nothing to do with it. Apart from the fact that @fedilab is not only paid, it is free in F-Droid and a payment option was created in Play Store warning that it could be used for free anyway.

And it's totally false. Fedilab was a paid app before the gab issue :)
@ben @Gargron

@fedilab @Gargron @tateisu I don't even think you can change anything to your app to comply with their demand 😢

@fedilab @Gargron just add a warning to the login screen that paint the app as a “browser”/“messenger” and not responsible for content accessed or sent

Publicity is the only thing that'll get Google to back down now. Time to start contacting the large tech news sites and making your case. Make sure to ask followers to read, comment on same share any articles, so news sites see interest and follow up. I'd make sure to add in the analogy between Fedilab and Chrome too, as that's an idea Google won't want spreading, thus encouraging them to take action to make this go away quickly.
@gargron @tateisu

@fedilab @Gargron @tateisu Is having the application on Google Play Store mandatory? Just put it up on Aptoide or F-Droid. Or distribute it directly from a website.

@rasterman @fedilab @Gargron @tateisu It’s already available through those channels, but most people are going to be getting it through the Play Store. Just unfortunate.

@Rape @Gargron @fedilab @tateisu That's good, then. I never thought this software would ever get mass adopted; but doing it at the expense of becoming another Twitter hardly looks like it'd be worth it.

@rasterman @Gargron @fedilab @tateisu I mean, even if they did waste resources on it, there are still the webapps, so it would be fine. Though, individual Fedi sites are very vunerable to deplatforming in their own right since it’s impossible to migrate domains.

@fedilab It sounds like Google doesn’t think apps on the Play Store deserve the same Section 230 style protections that Google themselves enjoy. @Gargron @tateisu

@realcaseyrollins @dave @tateisu @Gargron @fedilab when senators supportive of reform are asked directly about it, they tend to reveal they lack a confident understanding of Section 230, how it applies to each of these companies, and whether or not they themselves have the authority to either request investigation or imply they could. They’re lawyers, after all, and lawyers hire others for that information, if and when it is pertinent.

@fedilab @Gargron @tateisu Has anyone gotten in touch with the tusky devs to see if they're being affected? After all, I do know that they've taken steps to block access to certain communities that fall into that category ( such as gab ) from using their app

@fedilab @Gargron @tateisu
Even if you will be forced to ban servers which unapproved by Democratic Party and SJW, could you publish apk without this ban like Gab did when they had own application?

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