Banned for Life â€” Medium
Eric Nakagawa stashed this in programming
My friend's story about how he was banned by the supposedly most open mobile development ecosystem.
Your poor friend! This sounds terrible:
The suspension email stated that I was trying to impersonate another company, and that this was forbidden. I had no intention of impersonating anyone. The apps description on the store had a clear disclaimer. The app itself had a easy to find disclaimer dialog. Anyone using my simplistic beta quality app would know instantly that this is not â€śofficialâ€ť and 100% of the apps content was pulled directly from YouTube including the icon. You could say my app was a minimal web browser that just reformatted the data using native Android widgets. I thought, if you can get the exact same info using a browser, whatâ€™s the difference? I thought I was safe.
I emailed Google back and asked them to tell me exactly what I need to change to be compliant with the rules. Is it the icon? The name? The disclaimer? What? Google refused to give me any additional information. So, I just left the app in the suspended state and never attempted to update it since I really didnâ€™t know what I needed to change, and I really didnâ€™t care about any of these test apps anyway.
If Google doesnâ€™t care enough to let me know what is wrong, then it must not be that important I thought.