Also defined as inappropriate content under the policies is hate speech, with restrictions on apps that assert, theorize, or encourage the idea "that a protected group is inhuman, inferior or worthy of being hated.or discriminated against". Google has also reworked its initial sketch, as it kept the former layout that had an Apps button, instead of replacing it with a Home key.
30 days post-launch time has been given to the existing apps to comply with the new policy. Apple also discourages tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol use in apps approved for the App Store.
'These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy, ' a Google spokesperson told Gizmodo.
Google said it is working with numerous developers to answer any technical questions and help them implement the changes without customer disruption. The new policies hope to ensure that apps for kids have not only appropriate content (so who decides what is appropriate for your child or not?), the ads shown are suitable, and the app handles personal information correctly. The statement said it's confident Google and other internet tech companies will "eventually do the right thing and allow legal cannabis companies to do business on their platforms".
Google have increased their staffing levels to help out developers with app reviews and appeals processes (let's face it, there will be many when a bot is in charge of the original approval process) to help developers get "timely decisions and understand any changes" that are required.