Google have suspended Element in the Play Store without notifying us; we're reaching out to find out what's going on. Apologies for the inconvenience; in the interim there's f-droid.org/en/packages/im.vโ€ฆ but it's a few versions behind. We'll post updates here.
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I wonder why google would do that, it's a free and open source program

11:04 PM ยท Jan 29, 2021

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Most likely it's about the content that is accessible through Element. Since a large part of Matrix users use Element, and Element is advertised as the "face" of Matrix, it's likely that google bans it when it has the opinion that the Matrix network has content they dont like
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That's kind of stupid though that's like banning discord because some servers have stuff they don't like
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Big Techs will now filter the content that they want to show you. Its communism.
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how is it communism when they are like the fucking biggest capitalist companies? its literally capitalism, lmao
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They @GooglePlay @Google HATE free and open source. They rip the benefits from it.
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There are many possible reasons (see thread): 1) Big Tech rely heavily on algorithms. An algorithmic response could lead to something being removed, and it would take a certain amount of time for an appeal to go through, and a human to attend to it.
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2) Large tech companies tend to outsource moderation to contractors (and sometimes even ones in foreign countries). These contractors may not have the knowledge or know-how to realise that Element isn't at fault for the content. Mistakes happen.
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