KEY POINTS

  • Google recently removed the DApp mobile browser of Coinbase on its App Store
  • Users and enthusiasts are anticipating that Apple may follow Google's move
  • If the App Store policy continues, millions of dollars worth of crypto linked to these apps could no longer access it on Apple devices

Ethereum-based decentralization app (Dapp) browser MetaMask was recently removed by Google from the Play Store. A new report claims that Apple might now force Coinbase to remove the Dapp browser feature from its crypto wallet application. The recent claim comes from a post in Reddit, published just recently.

The US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase alerted its users recently that to be able to comply with the mobile app store policy of Apple; it has to remove the Dapp browser feature. “This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store. [...] Presumably this would extend to other wallets as well (Trust, Argent, Metamask) it’s beyond Coinbase and IMO a very big threat to the ecosystem,” commented Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong in a post.

Users are interested in using Dapps on iOS mobile devices might have to ask Apple to enable these kinds of apps, the CEO said. “This is an important area of innovation in finance, and many developers and early adopters of this technology have millions of dollars worth of crypto tied up in these financial applications, which they will no longer be able to use on Apple mobile devices if this app store policy continues,” the CEO added.

Meanwhile, according to Cryptocurrency Influencer Omar Bham, the recent moves are supposed to protect the firms’ businesses against potential decentralized competitors. “Web3 is in direct competition with Google & Apple. We should expect continued censorship on MetaMask, Coinbase, & other dapp browsers,” Bham said in a tweet. A few days earlier, several cryptocurrency influencers claimed that YouTube began censoring their content, with some claiming that affected contents were not restored.

Later, YouTube restored some of the contents and, in a tweet, said that the initial issue took place because of an error in its review process. A crypto influencer, according to Cointelegraph, confirmed that warnings set on his YouTube channel and added that some censored influencers were already removed from the video streaming site. Following the incident, several content creators on YouTube opted to decentralized content sharing platforms, according to the report.