Despite six years, half a million users, a rating of 4.6 and its huge popularity among
Redittors, the Sync for Reddit Android app keeps getting flagged by Google almost every
month. It happened again yesterday, this time for violation of Google’s hate speech policy.
Here’s what the Google Play Review Team sent to Laurence Dawson of Red Apps Ltd, the
company behind Sync for reddit.
Laurence shared this update on Reddit, seeking suggestions from community members to
tackle this unsolicited penalty. Sync for Reddit (previously Reddit sync) is an unofficial but popular app for browsing Reddit on the go. It has features like secure login, comments, profiles, and messaging.
This is one of the several occasions when the App has been flagged and suspended after an update. A few months ago, the app was suspended post an update.
The Google Play Review team said it was due to the “Device and Network Abuse” policy. It would seem, the bot or the person behind this was ill-equipped to answer the doubts of the devs. The last response after which they stopped replying, goes:
“As much as I’d like to help, I’m not able to provide any more information or a better answer to your question.
In our previous email, I made sure to include all the information available to me.” Despite such setbacks, Sync for Reddit enjoys a lot of users from the Reddit community. Several of them commented and camp out in support of the App and advised Laurence on how to go about removing the Google Play penalty.
While the app has been restored a few hours ago, this has sparked a debate on Google’s Play Store policy enforcement. The two most popular reasons for undeserved penalization are app reviews done by poorly written bots, or arm-twisting the devs into compliance.