Google launches developer rehabilitation program with suspended apps on Google Play

Google Play’s Developer Policy is long, complex, and changes frequently, so it’s not uncommon for some developers to end up violating certain sections out of ignorance. After receiving several notices or strikes, the account can be suspended forever and irreversibly.

Google has just announced a pilot program for app developers who have received strike can cancel it after completing a course on Google Play policies. Something like recovering lost driving license points.

Workshop for Google Play Policy Violators

When Google detects an app on its store that seriously violates its policies – such as containing malware, cheats, spyware, etc. – the application and possibly the developer account will be terminated, but in the rest of the offenses it is usually possible to keep the account and the applications after making a series of modifications that mitigate the “errors”. For example, changing how ads work or modifying the icon so that it is not confused with that of another application.

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These non-serious violations do not by themselves lead to account suspension, but Google takes note of them. When a developer repeatedly breaks the rules, the result may be the same as with a serious violation: developer account terminated and applications permanently removed from Google Play, without the possibility of republishing them. Each of these offenses counts for one strike.

For this second case, Google has announced a pilot program whereby developers they will be able to cancel the warnings they have against their accountthus removing the possibility that your account could end up being completely canceled in the future with a new violation.

As a pilot program, only certain developers will be able to participate, and they will know because they will receive an email from Google inviting them to participate if they wish. The pilot program consists of a course in Google Play Academy on Google Play Policies, which takes between 30 and 60 minutes and ends with an assessment to show that you have assimilated what you have learned. There’s no time limit – and you can take a break and complete it later – but you’ll have three attempts to pass the test.

this course it will be used to be able to eliminate the strike from the account, but this does not affect the reposting of the offending app. So that the application that caused the strike is available again on Google Play, it is still necessary to take the corrective measures indicated by Google in its first e-mail, and within the time provided. In fact, this same term is the one that you must complete the course and cancel the strike.

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