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Google Removes 'Bomb Gaza' Apps From Play Store

The apps were pulled after angry users took to Twitter to criticize Google for allowing the apps in its Play Store. BombGaza, released on July 26, according to App Annie, tasked players with dropping bombs on terrorists while avoiding hitting civilians. The game ends when too many civilians were killed, and the "rage meter" reached its limit. The other game, Gaza Assault: Code Red, first released in Google Play on July 17, according to App Annie, also tasked players with targeting terrorist cells hidden within Gaza— though it made no mention of civilians. Though the games were removed Monday, both were live in the Play Store for more than a week before Google took action— seemingly due to media coverage that sparked complaints on social media. A spokesperson for Google told Mashable the company does not comment on specific apps but said, "We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies." Mashable confirmed both apps had been pulled late Monday morning PDT. The spokesperson did not elaborate on which policies the apps violated but Google's Developer Program Policies prohibit both violence and bullying and hate speech.


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