Google suspends Trump 2020 app from Play Store for non-functionality – TechCrunch

Google has suspended the Trump 2020 campaign app from the Google Play Store for policy violations, the company confirmed, following Android police report Which noted that the app was unable to load any content and appears to have been taken down. Both the Android version of the app and its iOS counterpart have been left online since the November 2020 elections, but haven’t received a recent update – which contributed to the app’s stability issues.

App Store intelligence firm Sensor Tower says the Play Store version had not been updated since October 30, 2020.

According to Android Police reports, the app was hung and could not load content, and it reported connectivity problems. We understand that the problem was described as they did – when users downloaded the app, it would either hang on the initial loading screen with a spinning “T” logo or it would immediately report a server error upon startup. In any case, it will never load the experience of the app.

Recent user reviews on the Play Store said on these issues, things like “Won’t open, “” the app doesn’t even work, “” doesn’t work too awful at all, “” won’t open check connections saying, “ even more. One user also asked the developer to respond to several complaints “Please reply to the people who commented. It is not loading. “ Another issue was that Google’s mistake was noting “Worked great, until Google canceled it.”

However, Google did not cancel it. The Trump 2020 Android app has been experiencing problems for some time before Google actually took this action.

For example, a tweet made about a month ago described similar issues:

Google told TechCrunch that the app is not banned from the Play Store, suspended only for its non-functionality. It can be implemented again if problems are addressed. The company also said that it attempted to reach the developer of the app before downgrading the app, but never received a response.

A Google spokesperson said, “The Trump 2020 campaign app has recently stopped working and we reached out to the developer several times in an effort to resolve the issue,”. “People expect applications downloaded from Google Play to provide a minimum level of functionality and our policy is to remove non-functional apps from the store if they are not fixed.”

Despite the issues on Android, we found that the iOS version was still able to load on the first launch, and could send a confirmation code to a phone number upon sign-up. But when you went to the main screen of the app, it now also presents an error message. However, this error does not affect your ability to browse through previous content on iOS.

Image Credit: Trump 2020 screenshot on iOS

The Censor Tower tells us that the Android version of the Trump 2020 app had not seen any new installs since February 7, 2021. The firm also noted that Android apps had about 840,000 installs, compared to close to 1.5 million on iOS.

This is not the first time that Trump 2020 app issues have made headlines.

In the months leading up to last year’s presidential election in the US, many Tiktok users decided to troll the app in their App Store user reviews. (For some reason, Gen Z users believe that a low-grade app will be automatically removed from the App Store. This is simply not true.) But their efforts at the time would have pushed the app’s overall star rating to only 1.2 Were able to bring up to the stars, and eventually. Trump forced 2020 campaign To reset app rating.

Although the election is prolonged, users are still leaving poor reviews on the app with their 1-star rating. Sometimes, trolls also attempt a little humor in the process.

“The app attempted to overthrow my phone’s operating system,” said a Play Store reviewer. Another on iOS said, “I’ve suffered enough since 2016.”