Deceptive ads policy
I got the below mail from google regrading one of my app can any one please help me regarding this i am worried it will affect my other apps to .
Hi Developers at
After review, , has been removed from Google Play because it violates our deceptive ads policy. This app won’t be available to users until you submit a compliant update.
Here’s how you can submit your app for another review:
- Remove any ads that simulate or impersonate the user interface of any app, notification, or warning elements of an operating system.
- Read through the Deceptive Ads article for more details and examples.
- Make sure your app is compliant with the Ads policy and all other policies listed in the Developer Program Policies. Remember that additional enforcement could occur if there are further policy issues with your apps.
- Sign in to your Developer Console and submit your app.
If approved, your app will again be available with all installs, ratings, and reviews intact.
If you’ve reviewed the ads policy and feel this removal may have been in error, please reach out to our policy support team. One of my colleagues will get back to you within 2 business days.
Google Play Review Team
Were you running your own campaign in that app? I know Google doesn't like campaigns such as "click here to remove ads" advertising a paid version of the app. Either that or an actual deceptive ad might have gotten displayed.
Please keep us posted.
"Second, we beefed up our technology so we can spot and disable bad ads even faster. For example, “trick to click" ads often appear as system warnings to deceive users into clicking on them, not realizing they are often downloading harmful software or malware. In 2016, our systems detected and disabled a total of 112 million ads for “trick to click,” 6X more than in 2015."
Lot's of performance marketers did this up to 2014 or so before Google started cracking them down (and they were making big money, I know one guy personally, who was making around $100K per month net). Cloacking software developers weren't able to keep up with Google's advancements and marketers were losing their AdWords accounts super fast.
The only way to stop this is to log in to your AdSense (not AdMob) account, check the ads that are showing in your apps, and block the offending ones.
1. icons that leads to other apps
2. navigation dropdown overlaps the banner ads
not sure if were entirely the same
Why would an icon that leads to other apps (of yours?) a problem? Maybe you did not name the activity to show the user that this is another app they are going to check?
@anteos this is the message already fixed
- Remove any ads that simulate or impersonate the user interface of any app, notification, or warning elements of an operating system. For example, your app contains: a “xXX Name of the Activity” within the App Experience that links to other apps.
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Hm, I must have missed it. Since it was available (from 2013, I think) I was using it exclusively via AdSense.
But yeah, using this tool you can block all those "trick to click" ads. It's best to block the whole AdWords account from the offending advertiser. It also helps to prevent "This app has a virus!" type of comments on Google Play.
1) I too am linking to my other apps using Google Play activity in Andromo. I just name the app and write "Find it on Google Play" in the Description.
Did you do the same and got in trouble?
2) Yeah, if you have multiple activities, that can happen. Maybe the Andromo team (@colinadams) should have a look at this? It's the same for websites - if the drop-down menu covers the AdSense ads, it's a problem and a potential policy violation.
Thanks for the follow-up. Glad to hear that now everything is OK.