Google bans apps that facilitate sale of marijuana

May 30, 2019 08:18
Google's move will only help the illegal market thrive, according to a spokesperson for a marijuana delivery app. Photo:AFP

Alphabet Inc.’s Google banned apps on its app store that facilitate the sale of marijuana or related products, as part of a change to its content policy, Reuters reports.

Developers only need to move their shopping cart option outside the app to comply with the new policy, a Google spokesperson told the news agency.

Google said it is working with many of the developers to answer any technical questions and help them implement the changes without customer disruption.

Existing apps would have 30 days post-launch to comply with the policy.

“Google’s decision is a disappointing development that only helps the illegal market thrive, but we are confident that Google, Apple and Facebook will eventually do the right thing,” a spokesperson for Eaze, a marijuana delivery app, said.

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