Google pulls Hong Kong protest game for violating rules against ‘capitalizing on sensitive events’

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Google has removed a pro-Hong Kong protestor game called The Revolution of Our Times from the Play Store, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It marks the latest Hong Kong-related app to be pulled after Apple removed a crowdsourced mapping app used by protestors and Quartz’s news app.

While the game has been removed, a cached version of the Play Store page is still available on Google search (at least for now). As an actual game, there doesn’t seem to be too much here beyond a basic text-based Choose Your Own Adventure-style narrative that tells the story of a protestor.

In a statement released to The Wall Street Journal, a Google spokesman explained that the app was removed due to a Play Store policy that…

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Author: Chaim Gartenberg