In case you missed it, Google Play recently removed the @Tusky Mastodon app without proper explanation.
Tusky is one of the best Android Mastodon apps, with nothing controversial in it at all. It's quite disturbing that Google can and does act like this.
An alternative and much better way of getting Tusky onto your Android device is by using the independent FOSS app store @fdroidorg
You can find instructions for installing F-Droid here: https://switching.software/replace/google-play/
UPDATE - Tusky is back in Play Store, developer just posted about it:
However, I would strongly advise everyone to install F-Droid anyway. It's much better for your privacy and it is a plan B in case Google does stuff like this again.
The installation is easy if you take it one step at a time (see this guide: https://switching.software/replace/google-play/ ) , and once it's installed it works like any other app store.
That's part of the problem, Google is so unclear about their decisions and it's really difficult to get any response from them.
The lead developer posted about it here: https://chaos.social/@ConnyDuck/105904002285019275
@feditips Big Tech will use the exact same censorship apparatus being set up to silence conservatives the last few years (some of which I totally recognize deserved it) to silence the populist left when they turn against these big multinationals and tech companies. I have watched this cycle twice in my lifetime already, and this wave is just the next iteration.
I don't think this is a political issue.
Problem here is Google being the only default app store on Android, combined with them holding open standard clients responsible for content of independent instances.
@feditips I was speaking more to the larger apparatus being put in place and that this is just one component of a larger strategy to control information and limit growth for competing technologies (until they are able to get ahead of them).
The outcome will be very political regardless of your ideological tribe because the net result will be a stifling of free speech and alternative ideas / resources / technology, etc…
It is back, more info from the lead developer here: