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Google Bans Online Ordering of Marijuana: Report

Google is not the first Internet giant that has prohibited in-app sale of cannabis for users

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Google is banning online ordering and delivering of marijuana via apps downloaded from its Play Store, according to the latest update to its policy guidelines.

Google said it does not allow apps to facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, no matter if they are legal or not.

Like some states, California legalised sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes for adults aged 21 years and older in January 2018, even though marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Google’s new rule bans users from ordering marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature, or assisting people in arranging delivery or pickup of marijuana.

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, July 11, 2014. (VOA)

Google said the updated policy aims to keep the Play Store “a safe and respectful platform” by creating standards against the content that is harmful or inappropriate for its users.

Google is not the first Internet giant that has prohibited in-app sale of cannabis for users.

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Apple’s App Store has already placed a ban on facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances and on any move to encourage consumption of tobacco products and illegal drugs via apps bought from the store. (IANS)

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Club Factory App Becomes Most Installed App on Google Play Store

According to mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the data takes into account unique app installs

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India witnessed the largest number of Club Factory installs on Google Play Store, said the company. Pixbay

E-commerce player Club Factory has become the most installed app globally on Google Play Store in the “Shopping” category in September with close to 13.8 million installs, new data showed on Wednesday.

According to mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the data takes into account unique app installs.

“Our rapid adoption in India has also made Club Factory the most downloaded shopping app on the Android platform globally. We are also witnessing strong volume growth during the ongoing Diwali sale this year,” Vincent Lou, Founder and CEO, Club Factory, said in a statement.

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E-commerce player Club Factory has become the most installed app globally on Google Play Store in the “Shopping” category. Pixabay

India witnessed the largest number of Club Factory installs, said the company.

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“Our strategy to waive off commission fees for the sellers offers a fair marketplace where both sellers and buyers are benefited,” said Lou. (IANS)