Google has started banning any apps that have anything to do with the process of cryptocurrency mining from the Play Store. The search giant regularly updates it policies regarding which apps are allowed in the Store.

This week Google changed the guidelines yet again. This can be seen in the July update to Google’s Developer Policy Center. The decision appears to be an extension of a previous ruling. This saw all extensions associated with cryptocurrency mining removed from the Chrome Web Store. However, Google won’t remove apps that manage hardware, which are safe for now.

What’s more, the Google Play Store has placed a ban on apps that allow users to trade binary operations.

Google follows Apple in banning crypo apps

Google is taking a stand against crypto miners, a month after Apple updated its own guidelines to prevent iPhone users from accessing crypto apps.

On top of that, Google says it will automatically remove any apps that appeal to children but include adult themes in their content.  The Mountain View giant will report apps that include images of sexual abused children to the police. At the same time, the developers of these apps will have their Google accounts deleted.

Next, the ban will extend to apps that promote hate speech, violence, self-harm or discrimination based on a number of factors (including sexual orientation or genre). Furthermore, Google won’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms or ammunition. Also targeted are apps that teach users how to make their own guns.

Obviously, Google is also taking a stand against apps that have to do with selling or manufacturing illegal drugs. The search giant won’t spare apps that merely promote the use of prescription drugs without a prescription either.

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