Ad-Blocking Apps Unlisted From The Play Store, Google Cites Agreement Violation

Adblockers blocked

It had to happen some day, and today it has. Google has pulled ad-blocking apps from the Play Store, and it has cited violation of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Popular apps like Adaway, Adblock Plus, Adblocker and Adfree have been removed from the store at the time of this writing.

4.4 Prohibited Actions. You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Market, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Market to sell or distribute Products outside of the Market.

It’s all right, though. App developers earn money from the ads in their apps, and preventing them from making money that way is ridiculous.