Google Play releases Strike Removal driver for developers
Google Play uses a warning system for apps, with several leading to termination and removal. The company is currently piloting a training course (and assessment) that gives Android developers the ability to “strike count towards their account’s reputation waiver.”
The Google Play Strike Removal program, which is currently in a pilot phase, aims to “help educate eligible developers, and assess and improve their understanding of policy compliance.” It focuses on low-risk breaches, rather than something more malicious (e.g. malware), and the early courses focus on intellectual property infringement and anti-spam policy. These account for almost 2 out of 3 developer suspensions today and are already popular Play Academy lessons.
Eligible developers will eventually be notified by email (calls remain unchanged) of their participation in the Google Play Strike Removal program for this warning count to be removed. There is a training course that does not have to be completed immediately, while you have three chances to pass the assessment, which has an expiration date. The process should take 30-60 minutes.
Within 48 hours of the switch, Google will waive your “app’s disclaimer account (as long as your developer account is otherwise in good standing and not terminated)”.
Only the warning for which you have received an e-mail can be cancelled. Additionally, if you have additional suspensions within 24 hours of your qualifying warning, successful completion of training and assessment may also clear the count of warnings on those applications.
This pilot program is the result of developer feedback, which Google will continue to consider as it extends availability.
We strive to work with developers to resolve policy issues and help keep them on the Play Store, and this new driver will explore a new avenue to make that possible, while maintaining a safe experience for our users.
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