‘Sugar’ dating apps are banned on the Play Store, but Tinder is not
There are a lot of dating apps available on the Google Play Store. No doubt you've heard or even tried out a few of them before. Some of the most well-known names are Tinder, OkCupid, and Bumble. Recently Google has made changes to the ‘inappropriate content’ policy to ban so-called ‘compensation for sexual relationship’ apps.
A few dating apps on the Play Store, such as Elite, Seeking Arrangement, and Spoil, are seen as sugar dating apps. What does that mean? We all know what a sugar daddy is, right? A wealthy, sometimes older, man dating a younger beautiful woman and gifting her expensive items or money. However, sugar dating is not only reserved for sugar daddies. There are also sugar mommies and even non-binary individuals who prefer the term sugar.
Google doesn't support any such Android apps in the Play Store. The process starts slowly with the policy mentioned above, which means that such apps fall under the ‘inappropriate content’ policy. With these changes in place, all sugar dating apps will be removed from the Play Store by September 2021.
However, it would appear that Google’s changes to its policies are overly selective as it doesn't seem that Android apps like Tinder are in the firing line, despite it being entirely possible for an attractive person on Tinder to receive some form of sugar dating arrangement through the app.
This policy seems to be a way that Google is cracking down on apps that explicitly promote themselves as sugar dating apps in line with industry norms. It's worth noting that Apple already has such a policy on their App Store.
The recent policy change that's banning all sugar dating apps on the Play Store could be seen by many as the right thing to do. However, the policy is still rather vague and still leaves a lot of apps that could also be used to find mutually beneficial relationships. In any case, if you were looking for such a relationship, then you might want to consider sideloading sugar dating apps from other sources.Advertisement