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

The Verge Thursday, 10 October 2019 ()
Google pulls Hong Kong protest game for violating rules against ‘capitalizing on sensitive events’Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

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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