Google Removes ‘Sugar Dating’ Apps From Play Store
“Sugar dating” applications will no longer be allowed on the Android Play Store from September 1, Google announced as part of a series of policy changes for the platform. The change, which was first reported by Android Police, specifically prohibits applications relating to “paid sex”. Other upcoming changes to the platform include a further crackdown on inactive developer accounts, Google says.
Traditionally, sugar romantic relationships have involved older, wealthier people going out and giving gifts to younger partners. As Android Police Notes, there is no shortage of apps on the Play Store designed to build “sugar daddy” relationships. None of them explicitly say that older men are supposed to compensate younger women for their affection, but many point to the wealth of men on their services.
Google Play Store Rules ban already apps that promote “services that can be interpreted as providing sexual acts in exchange for compensation”. But the updated wording expands this definition to explicitly include “paid dates or sexual arrangements in which one participant is supposed or implicitly provided money, gifts or financial support to another participant (” sugar dating “). “
Google’s announcement does not explicitly say why the apps are now banned. But it comes amid a crackdown on online sex work by platforms following the introduction of the FOSTA-SESTA legislation in the United States in 2018, which removes Section 230 protections for content. which “promote or facilitate prostitution”. A Google representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Beyond changes to the rules for dating apps, the search giant is also introducing a new policy that will allow it to remove developer accounts if they have been inactive for a year. Google says it will make exceptions for accounts behind apps with over a thousand installs or with recent in-app purchases, but if a developer hasn’t downloaded an app or signed in to the console Google Play within 12 months, his account is at risk of deletion. In a video describing the changeGoogle says it will notify developers of an impending removal 60, 30, and 7 days before it takes place.
Policy updates also provide more information on previously announced changes by Google regarding Play Store spam and disabling the use of advertising identifiers. It updates its store listings and promotion policy on September 29 to ban “spam text and graphics in app titles, icons, and developer names” and its advertising policy is updated. Updated to reflect Advertising ID changes on October 4.