Google Suspends MetaMask From Its Play App Store, Citing “Deceptive Services”
Google has banned Ethereum (ETH) wallet and decentralized app (DApp) browser Metamask’s android client from its Play app store. Google Suspends MetaMask From Its Play App Store, Citing “Deceptive Services”
The MetaMask team took to Twitter on Dec. 26, where they announced that Google had suspended MetaMask’s android client from Google Play’s app store, claiming MetaMask was in violation of Google’s financial services policies.
Google reportedly cited their policy prohibiting cryptocurrency mining on mobile devices. The MetaMask team attempted to appeal Google’s decision to ban MetaMask from its app store to no avail, as Google promptly rejected the appeal. MetaMask co-lead developer Dan Findlay told Cointelegraph:
“I very much hope that this was an honest mistake on the part of Google’s reviewers, but in combination with all the crypto YouTube bans, it definitely puts me at disease about how Google is engaging with decentralizing technologies. If people accept this behavior from a mobile monopoly like Google, we may not deserve something better.”
Not The Only Google Project To Bar Crypto-Related Content
Over the past several days, Google-owned video giant YouTube had removed videos from the accounts of several cryptocurrency-related content creators. Today, however, YouTube representatives have claimed that the removals were done in error and some content has started to be restored.
MetaMask Contributor Says Project Lacks Support From ConsenSys
A contributor of major Ethereum browser extension Metamask has reported that the MetaMask team is “totally overwhelmed” and not being prioritized by its parent company ConsenSys.
In a Dec. 25 Reddit post, Reddit user lazaridiscom3 alleges that the MetaMask team is not getting the support it needs from ConsenSys, and, consequently, the whole team of 24 employees is overwhelmed.
Redditor Says The Ethereum’s “Critical Value-Moving Piece” Isn’t Decentralized
The post, titled “Help MetaMask out of its Activity-Trap,” goes on to say that the MetaMask team has a number of unsolved issues and its inner workflow structure is neither transparent nor decentralized. The post reads:
User Lazardiscom — who goes by Lazardis — told Cointelegraph that he is participating in the project as a contributor, citing his Lazardiscom account on GitHub. As part of suggested solutions to existing problems, the contributor urged that the MetaMask team needs to fully migrate over TypeScript immediately.
Lazardis further suggested that ConsenSys needs to implement “stricter evaluation of its ‘Spokes,’ a strict and binding set of rules for public projects.” The developer also argued that ConsenSys’ software project — referred to as Gitcoin — “needs to be far more uncontrolled, and needs to become attractive.”
Metamask Team Allegedly Has Hierarchical Structure Despite Lubin’s Claims
In the post, Lazardis specifically criticized the structural issues in the MetaMask team. According to the post, MetaMask actually maintains team leads despite Joe Lubin, ConsenSys founder and co-founder of Ethereum, trying to “convince everyone” that ConsenSys is a non-hierarchical company.
Specifically, the post mentions MetaMask’s employee Daniel Finlay as one of the leads who is “totally overwhelmed.” According to Finlay’s LinkedIn page, he currently serves as lead developer on MetaMask at ConsenSys, with his primary responsibilities focused on the browser extension.
Cointelegraph contacted Finlay regarding the issue and had yet to receive a response upon initial publication, but received a response on Dec. 26 which has been included at the end of this article.
Additionally, the post also mentions “super-low bounties,” noting that some of those bounties equate to less than $1 per hour, after calculating how much time the tasks take.
In October, Lubin announced a goal to grow the number of developers on the Ethereum blockchain to as many as one million in 2020. Dubbed OneMillionDevs.com, the initiative was announced by Lubin at a major Ethereum-focused conference Devcon in October 2019. According to Lubin, there are 30 million software developers worldwide, while only a few tens of thousands are blockchain developers, the majority of whom are involved in Ethereum.
Meanwhile, another Ethereum co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, has recently triggered a wave of argument over decentralization in crypto on Twitter. Previously, Buterin argued that centralized crypto exchanges are poised to “burn in hell.”
Finlay’s Response: “I want to firmly reject the general thesis of alarm. We’re doing alright!”
Finlay responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment by linking to his Reddit post from Dec. 26, which staunchly rejects Lazardis’ negativity. Finlay further said that Lazardis was guilty of “borderline representing himself as a MetaMask team member” when he is simply a contributor. As a result of these concerns, Finlay plans to block Lazardis from their GitHub organization. According to Finlay, the recent Reddit post by Lazardis feels like a “very frustrated job application,” while his “overall inflammatory and alarmist tone” forces the MetaMask team to not work with him anymore.
While admitting that a number of insights provided by Lazardis are fair, including one specific bounty and the urgency to migrate to TypeScript, Finlay still firmly rejected the general idea of alarm, emphasizing that the team is seeing solid progress. As such, the lead developer stressed that both ConsenSys and Lubin continue to contribute to the project. Finlay wrote:
“We love what we do, and ConsenSys is letting us continue doing it! Honestly, we’re incredibly grateful to ConsenSys and Joe for continuing to make ecosystem-enabling tools like MetaMask, Truffle, Infura, GitCoin, Bounties Network, and many more possible.”
Google Play Lifts Ban on Ethereum Browser Extension MetaMask
Major Ethereum browser extension and wallet service Metamask has something to celebrate as 2020 kicks off, notifying its users that Google has now reversed its short-lived ban on the browser add-on.
In A Tweet Posted On Jan. 1 2020, The Metamask Team Revealed That:
“Upon careful consideration, Google has permitted The MetaMask mobile app back on the Google Play (Android) store! Thanks to all the believers in an open web for speaking out in our support!”
Google Mistook Metamask For A Mining App
MetaMask is a browser extension for Google Chrome that includes a built-in crypto wallet enabling to run Ethereum-based decentralized applications, or dApps, without needing to operate a full Ethereum node.
Google’s u-turn comes just a week after it had suspended the MetaMask Android client on the Google Play App Store, reportedly citing its policy against apps that mine cryptocurrency on mobile devices (which notably doesn’t pertain to MetaMask).
MetaMask had tweeted news of the ban on Dec. 26, adding that its appeal had been rejected by Google Play.
In its new year thread, MetaMask thanked its users for having suggested alternative distribution methods during the Google blacklisting, saying that the “experience has made us more resilient, and as a community, we are stronger for enduring it.”
As reported in late December, a MetaMask contributor has recently alleged that the MetaMask team is “totally overwhelmed” and is not being adequately supported by its parent firm ConsenSys.
The contributor further claimed that the MetaMask team’s workflow was neither transparent nor decentralized, and alleged that the project’s code was “of low quality, full of technical debt.”
In response, MetaMask employee Daniel Finlay refuted what he characterized as the “inflammatory and alarmist” tone of someone who was not a full-fledged team member, though he conceded the accuracy of some of the contributor’s criticisms — particularly in regards to the project’s code.
In his rebuttal, Finlay added that MetaMask was “incredibly grateful to ConsenSys and Joe [Lubin]” for its support of the project.
Alongside Google, YouTube was last month in the center of a crypto-related censorship controversy — one that it then swiftly backtracked on, admitting its “mistake.”
Metamask Enhances User Privacy With New Wallet Update
Major Ether wallet service and browser extension, Metamask, introduces newly released version featuring enhanced privacy control.
Metamask, a popular Ether (ETH) wallet and browser extension, has just released a new major application upgrade.
Announcing the news on July 2, Metamask outlined that the new update, Metamask Version 8, offers a number of new features like enhanced privacy control and a new account-login system.
MetaMask Hits 1M Monthly Users Thanks To DeFi boom
The booming DeFi sector is driving up MetaMask’s user base, with the popular Ethereum wallet report now reporting more than one million active monthly users.
MetaMask, the Ethereum (ETH) browser wallet developed by ConsenSys, has surpassed one million monthly active users for the first time.
The milestone comes roughly seven months after the wallet first surpassed one million users in total, suggesting the parabolic rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) in 2020 has driven the surge in MetaMask’s user base.
In an announcement, MetaMask notes top DeFi protocols Uniswap, Yearn Finance, Curve, MakerDAO, and Aave among those favored by its users, highlighting its commitment to supporting the growth of DeFi moving forward:
“Over the last twelve months, significant growth in the adoption of DAOs, Web3 games, and the rapid consumer uptake of DeFi products and services has further accelerated our growth curve.”
Monthly MetaMask users have tripled since February, while the total value locked in DeFi protocols has increased by ten times over the same period, according to DeFi pulse.
MetaMask also released a mobile version of its wallet on September 4, likely assisting its push into seven-figure monthly users.
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