Google took down multiple cryptocurrency wallets from Play Store on Wednesday. Wallets include the official Bitcoin.com wallet, BitPay, and CoPay. Bitcoin.com hasn’t released the statement regarding why these wallets were removed.
CEO of Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, took to Reddit to assure users that the wallet will be back online soon. Bitcoin.com wallet came back online after 14 hours. But neither BitPay and CoPay have come back online yet.
Possible Reasons for Removal
There are two possible reasons that are being discussed in the Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash community,
- A mistake by Google: Play Store is currently removing all cryptocurrency mining software from its marketplace. It could be possible that these wallets were mistakenly identified as cryptocurrency mining software. All these wallets share a similar code base.
- Marked As Spam: Another reason discussed in /r/BTC was the possibility of the wallet being marked as spam by a few Bitcoin users. This could be because of the wallet’s tendency to promote Bitcoin Cash by default, which can cause some confusion among new Bitcoin users.
Community’s Reaction to the removal of wallets
Bitcoin wallet by Bitcoin.com is one of the most popular Bitcoin wallets. The wallet has a large influence on the community. The wallet is used by more than 1 Million people. People’s reactions were mixed to the removal of wallet. Some people panicked and wanted to know what the reason for removal:
While a few members of the community praised Google’s decision to remove the wallet.
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