A few days ago SCS Creations (developer Stephanie Chute) had her account terminated from Google Play Store. A 5 year developer creating icons packs, live wallpapers and other theme related apps, had established a good reputation on the Play Store. On April 11, that all changed when she posted this sad message on her Google+ account stating that. “Google has terminated my SCSCreations Developer account for unknown reasons” . This was a devastating blow for her, based on her sales it seems she made a decent living from the revenue on her app sales. But besides the loss of income, 5 years of hard work and her reputation is long gone.
Recently, there have been news that Google has purged 60,000 apps from the Google Play Store to fight spam. What’s mind-boggling is that SCS Creations had great feedback on her apps and often times her work would show up in the Top New Paid Apps, so what happened? When asked on her G+ post if Google had given her a reason why they terminated her account she commented.
“Nope, the only reason I was given was a VERY vague “repeated offense of policy violations” but how is it repeated if I didn’t know about anything wrong in the first place? Then it sends me to an “Our Policy” link which if you have read it, its basically so bleek that if u so much as breathe you could be shut down. Okay so not to that extent, but still…five years of hard work and they send me a generic email that they sent to several of my family members who they also shut down that were my affiliates. It makes absolutely no sense.”
This seems all too familiar too me, although I didn’t lose my YouTube account something similar happened to me. A week before April Fool’s, I posted a video on YouTube that showed how to hack (not literally) the Apple.com website as a joke. It turns out that video got me a strike on YouTube and almost banned. But similar to what happened with Stephanie, when I contacted YouTube about my video they sent me a link to about their “polices” which in reading, my video had not violated anything. To make matters worst, I read it thoroughly and was disgusted to read that many videos on YouTube that are considered “inappropriate” are still live and haven’t been flagged. One of my YouTube followers Þór Sigurðsson said it best.
“Amusing when Google puts themselves in the seat of a judge, jury and executioner. Exceptionally amusing since such behaviour may have the exact opposite effect when they position themselves with just that attitude outside the corporate laws of USA..
Some things they do right, and some things they dig up from where the sun never shone… This is one of those things.”
A New Beginning
It’s a shame that Stephanie and possibly many others that have supported the Android platform get kicked to the curved. I would hate to imagine if she or others that have lost their account depend heavily on the income generated through the sales of their apps, have a life changing experience. It’s sad to see a company like Google take this stance without any warnings. We at The Droid Effect wish Stephanie much luck with her business ventures and hope to see her up and running soon. If you are interested in her work, check out her website at http://www.scscreations-chutedesigns.com