The developers of the Adblock Plus tool have slammed Google's decision to removeits ad filtering application from the Google Play service.
The developer said that it had received a notice from Google earlier this week stating that the Adblock Plus had been pulled from the Play store over violations of the service's developer agreement.
Available as both a browser plug-in and a mobile application, Adblock Plus allows users to hide advertisements embedded in web pages.
Google declined to comment on the matter beyond stating that it removes applications which violate its terms and conditions. A company spokesperson said that the company does not comment on specific application removals.
The Google Play store terms and conditions do contain a clause against interfering with outside content.
The terms prohibit "the development or distribution of products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorised manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator."
According to the Adblock Plus team, however, the takedown was made by Google out of spite for the Adblock Plus application. The developers noted an earlier move by Google to block the application over security concerns.
At the time, Adblock Plus co-founder Till Faida accused Google of trying to limit user choices and freedoms.
"If Google is serious about respecting users' choices, they should provide a way how users can easily give us the permissions to configure it for them," Faida said.
"Taking away choices from the user is not in line with Google's public mission statement."
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