MetaMask Ethereum Wallet Removed from Apple's App Store … – OPP.Today


Popular Ethereum wallet MetaMask was briefly taken down from the Apple App Store before being restored. The MetaMask team acknowledged the issue and assured users that it was not related to anything malicious. They worked to resolve it as quickly as possible.
MetaMask is a vital tool for accessing decentralized applications (DApps) in the Web3 ecosystem, with a user base of over 30 million worldwide. The incident was not related to any security concerns or the functionality of the app, according to the wallet provider. Users were also reassured that no action was required on their part.
This is not the first time MetaMask has faced challenges with app marketplaces. In December 2019, Google suspended MetaMask from its Play Store due to a violation of financial services guidelines related to cryptocurrency mining on mobile devices. Despite MetaMask’s appeal, Google maintained the ban.
Apple’s guidelines pose a challenge for crypto apps, including those facilitating the purchase of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The tech giant requires app developers to share 30% of transaction revenues. This policy has been a barrier for crypto firms trying to provide their services to iOS users.
Apple’s strict guidelines also led to the removal of the Bitcoin-friendly social media app Damus from the App Store. Damus allowed content creators to receive Bitcoin tips through the Lightning Network, which Apple deemed a violation of its guidelines. The app’s tipping feature facilitated transactions outside of Apple’s system, resulting in the violation.
Despite these challenges, MetaMask and other crypto apps continue to evolve and navigate complex app marketplaces. There is an ongoing need for collaboration and dialogue between wallet providers and tech giants to ensure a smooth user experience while complying with platform guidelines.
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