Google this week updated its Play store policies to prohibit developers from updating apps using methods outside of the search giant’s own protocols. The freshly added language to its “Dangerous Products” section outlaws any modification, replacement or update “using any method other than Google Play’s update mechanism.” The change wasn’t lobbed at any developer in particular, but Facebook was recently found to be updating its app without going through Google’s online emporium.
The search giant doesn’t want anymore shenanigans from Facebook, or any other developer. Privacy and malware concerns have persisted in Google Play, even with heightened security measures. Nixing updates through outside sources further cuts off further potential risk, even if it was Facebook perpetrating the small loophole in Google’s terms.