I told Google about an app with the most disruptive ads I’ve ever seen and they told me to fix it myself


I recently wrote about how I’m so annoyed by abusive ads which have proliferated into so many free apps on the Play Store that I’m done trying to dig through shit to find the right apps. I found I wasn’t alone, and a few people shared some of the biggest abusers they found.

I wasn’t ready for the worst, though. It was a seemingly endless loop of ads that all required interaction to be dismissed, except instead of being pushed back to the game itself, you ended up seeing more ads. And more ads. And even more ads.

I was amazed (in a bad way) and decided to share how awful this experience was, so I shared a quick screenshot on Twitter. I hesitate to name the app, but damn it, if you’re part of something bad, you deserve it. We don’t need this kind of apps on our expensive phones. Already.

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I’m not a big social media guy and generally only use Twitter for.. uh… shitposting. But I thought I’d let the right people who manage the Google Play account know that there was an app released that decided the advertising policy part of the developer agreement didn’t matter.

I didn’t expect an answer, and I certainly didn’t expect the answer I was given: “Please report this to the developer, as these are not supported by Google Play.

A tweet from @GooglePlay

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OK, so this is definitely not an answer from Google’s highest authority. Chances are it’s someone dedicated to solving the mountain of social media questions and comments that a company the size of Google must get. But still, I’m not the person who needs to clean up Google Play, even if it’s only one app. I don’t even want to interact with a company that puts ads like this in their game let alone explain that they need to fix things. This is Google’s job.

It’s a tone-deaf answer and that’s a problem. Google is a hard to trust company and it’s nice to see them do a good job once in a while. Google Play – a managed place where apps are vetted and assumed to be free of things like endless ad loops – should to be one of those times when a job is well done.

Twitter logo crossed out on Android phone

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There’s a reason I’m not responsible for Android Central’s Twitter account. Not that I would deliberately do anything stupid (did I mention why I use Twitter?) but there’s always that chance. Whoever is running the account is the face of Android Central at the moment, and that’s an important job for a company that wants to make money.

To the person who manages the Google Play Twitter account, I’m not mad at you. I’m not even mad at Google for this one; I expect them to catch many developers who just want to farm us like dairy cows through unnecessary ads and permissions. I’m not the janitor of the Play Store.

Take out your own trash.


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