So apparently Google is removing apps from its store that contain donation links.
Webshit Weekly describes it thus:
Google continues the war against its own users. This time the attack is simple: anyone who suggests giving money to anyone but Google is ejected from the game. Hackernews cannot decide if people should be allowed to give each other money without appropriate oversight from Google. After all, people are not to be trusted, and God gave us massive multinational surveillance corporations to watch over us and keep us safe. If those corporations do something mean, it’s because the bad old government won’t let them be nice.
Ha ha! Google! “Don’t be evil”, amirite?
Yeah, well. Just your regularly scheduled reminder that the AO3 does exactly the same thing to fic in its archive,1 so… yeah. About that…
- And not just for Ko-fi and Patreon links; it also prohibits the linking to outside charities that aren’t the OTW. [↩]