Google have suspended Element in the Play Store without notifying us; we're reaching out to find out what's going on. Apologies for the inconvenience; in the interim there's f-droid.org/en/packages/im.vโ€ฆ but it's a few versions behind. We'll post updates here.
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I wonder why google would do that, it's a free and open source program
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Most likely it's about the content that is accessible through Element. Since a large part of Matrix users use Element, and Element is advertised as the "face" of Matrix, it's likely that google bans it when it has the opinion that the Matrix network has content they dont like

11:10 PM ยท Jan 29, 2021

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That's kind of stupid though that's like banning discord because some servers have stuff they don't like
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Exactly. That is exactly what is happening here. Though conceptually (as Discord also hosts the entirety of their own community the apps connect to), it is somewhat like Google banning an email client (like @heyhey) because the emails sent with them are inappropriate.
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Or they're going to roll out a competing application to kill it.
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That would violate european law i think to eliminate concurrence like this
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Using the same arguments they also need to ban google chrome.
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What's matrix network if you don't mind I asking?
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