Launch of the Strike Removal test program on Google Play for Android app developers

Apps on Google Play use an strike system , with numerous violations leading to termination and removal. A training program (and exam) that allows Android developers the chance to have the strike count against their accounts standing removed is now being piloted by the firm.

The goal of the Google Play Strike Removal program, which is presently in pilot phase , is to assess and improve the understanding of policy compliance among eligible developers. The first courses cover IP Infringement and Spam Policy and are focused on lower-risk offenses rather than something more dangerous (like malware). These make up almost two out of every three developer suspensions today and are already well-liked Play Academy classes.

Eligible developers who choose to participate in the Google Play Strike Removal program will receive an email explaining how the strike count can be waived. You get three chances to pass the assessment, which has an expiration date, but the training course does not have to be finished right away. The duration of the procedure should be between 30 and 60 minutes.

Google will erase your apps strike count within 48 hours of the event (as long as your developer account is otherwise in good standing and is not terminated).

Only the strike for which you received an email qualifies for waiver. The strike count on those apps may also be waived if you successfully complete the training course and evaluation if you have any additional suspensions within 24 hours following your qualifying strike.

Developer feedback led to the creation of this pilot initiative, and Google will continue to consider it as it considers extending availability.

This new pilot will look at a new way to achieve our goal of working with developers to address policy concerns and keep their products on the Play Store while preserving a secure user experience.

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