• Petitioned Google

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Global CEO, Google
Eric Schmidt
Managing Director Google India
Rajan Anandan

Google: Segregate sexually explicit content on Google Play #android

    1. Petition by

      Centre For Social Research

August 2013


In just three months Google agreed with our demands to remove sexually explicit apps & games from their app store & also have a stronger vigilance for future uploads. Centre for Social Research (CSR) thanks everyone who supported this petition and made it possible to create a safer and cleaner Google playstore. Here's how it happened: We were researching on developing apps on Android and observed that there are sexually explicit apps on Google Playstore. What was worse was that these apps/ games could appear in any category and were accessible to everyone. We decided to be brave and sensitize Google and shot a video asking Google to segregate all the adult content on its PlayStore and started a petition on Change.org. More than 1600 people signed our petition and it got a lot of media coverage. Additionally we also campaigned by writing blogs and writing letters to Google India and US offices. We are proud to say after our primary research Google Playstore is officially clean and have removed sexually explicit apps/games from the app store, they have also introduced stronger vigilance and filtration on future apps/games on Google Playstore.

Google Play store makes sexually explicit content freely accessible to everyone, including children!

There are more than 44 million people in India who have access to Google play which lets them download digital content including books, music and videos.

Children are encouraged to explore a variety of adult games. This is because these games are conveniently placed on the same list which features apps like ‘Chotta Bheem’ or ‘Ninja Jump’!

Google Play as a platform caters to all age groups and does not differentiate between users or content. 6 to 106 year olds may be flicking through the same list of content categorized as ‘games’, ‘live wallpaper’ and others.

Google’s own policies state that they don’t allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material - but the content is still accessible to everyone!

Google should behave like a responsible company and segregate ‘adult’ content from normal apps.

Sign this petition and tell Google to immediately respond to its ‘showcase policy’ or at least segregate all adult apps under a clear ‘Adult’ category.

The adult content should be made accessible with age verification conditions and a disclaimer.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. The Asian Age: NGO starts petition against Google Play

      Accusing Google of allowing sexually explicit content on its Android platform Playstore, the advocacy group for women, Centre for Social Research (CSR), started a petition against the Internet giant late on Thursday. CSR has demanded that Google segregate such content to a separate “adult” section by the end of June, failing which, it would initiate legal action.


    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shaik Mohammed Noorul Huda BANGALORE, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      this is important for this present society

    • Neeraj Kumar INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      because i dont think it is gud for youth.it will distract them from their destination and also divert their mind

      • about 1 year ago

      Pls stop addicting to sex...

    • Aman Anand PATNA, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I dosen't like this type of content in google playstore

      • over 1 year ago

      Because we need to protect childhood


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