Apple Unexpectedly Pulls MetaMask Wallet From App Store: What’s Going On? | Taza Khabre

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Popular Ethereum wallet MetaMask it was briefly removed from Apple’s App Store on Saturday before being restored.

“FYI: We are aware that MetaMask is not currently available for download in the App Store,” the team said in a post on X (formerly Twitter). “This is not related to anything malicious and our team is working hard to resolve it as soon as possible.”

The MetaMask wallet is an essential tool for accessing various decentralized applications (DApps) in the Web3 ecosystem, with a user base of over 30 million worldwide.

The wallet provider also assured users that there is no security issue and no “user action” is required, adding that it is also unrelated to the app’s functionality.

“We anticipate that MetaMask will return to the App Store shortly,” he said.

This is not the first time MetaMask has faced challenges with app markets controlled by tech giants.

In December 2019, Google suspended MetaMask from its Play Store, citing a violation of financial services guidelines due to its policy against cryptocurrency mining on mobile devices.

Despite MetaMask’s appeal, Google maintained the ban.

Apple’s 30% revenue cut poses a challenge for crypto apps

Apple’s guidelines also require app developers to share 30% of transaction revenue.

This has been a barrier for crypto companies, including those that facilitate the purchase of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), as they strive to provide services to iOS users.

As reported, Apple has removed the Bitcoin-friendly social media app Damus of the App Store for violating its terms of service.

The app has a tipping feature that allows content creators to receive tips in the form of Bitcoin via the Lightning Network.

Apple considered this feature a violation of its guidelines, which prohibit developers from selling additional content in the app unless the transactions go through Apple, through which the tech giant takes a 30% cut.

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