Apple briefly pulls MetaMask from App Store


Ethereum pockets MetaMask was eliminated from Apple’s App Store for a number of hours on Oct. 14, elevating considerations about its full elimination from {the marketplace}. The pockets is linked to varied Web3 decentralized functions (DApps). MetaMask claims to have over 30 million customers worldwide.

On Oct. 14, experiences surfaced that the MetaMask app not appeared within the App Store. Apple customers have been additionally unable to obtain the appliance from the MetaMask web site.

According to a spokesperson for MetaMask, the problem isn’t associated to any safety incident or malicious exercise:

“We’re aware that MetaMask isn’t currently available for download on the App Store. This issue is unrelated to any malicious activity. Our dedicated team is working diligently to resolve it as quickly as possible. Importantly, this is not a security concern, and there is no compromise or action required on users’ part. Additionally, it’s not related to the app’s functionality.“

Apple’s service policies are likely behind the app’s disappearance. According to the marketplace’s guidelines, it doesn’t allow apps to run “unrelated background processes,” comparable to cryptocurrency mining.

According to MetaMask, the elimination of its app was solely short-term. “We anticipate that MetaMask will be back on the App Store shortly,” a spokesperson stated minutes earlier than the app turned again on, including that any pretend MetaMask apps on the App Store needs to be reported instantly.

MetaMask faces challenges from Big Tech marketplaces for the second time. In December 2019, the corporate was suspended from Google Play’s app store for allegedly violating the corporate’s monetary providers pointers. Google cited its coverage prohibiting cryptocurrency mining on cellular units and promptly rejected a MetaMask enchantment to reverse the ban.

Apple’s pointers additionally require app developers to share 30% of transaction revenues. For crypto corporations, together with people who need iOS customers to have the ability to buy nonfungible tokens, the 30% Apple tax has additionally been a barrier.

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