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Google have suspended Element in the Play Store without notifying us; we're reaching out to find out what's going on. Apologies for the inconvenience; in the interim there's f-droid.org/en/packages/im.vec but it's a few versions behind. We'll post updates here.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/element_hq/status/

@matrix why is the fdroid package out of date? Is that Element's doing or Fdroid? It know that Fdroid takes some time to go through packages and get them posted sometimes.

@fdroidorg

@matrix @Hawk1291 @fdroidorg Yeah its a real slow process from what I've heard. Would be nice to overcome that.

@matrix @Hawk1291 @fdroidorg how about sponsoring fdroid so we have a sustainable alternative app store...they're volunteers from what I understand

@Hawk1291 @matrix @fdroidorg

You can get the latest CI builds of element android by adding this F-Droid repository - fdroid.krombel.de/riotx-dev-fd

The repository contains "F-Droid Universal Debug versions" sourced from official CI build at buildkite.com/matrix-dot-org/e

@Hawk1291 @matrix @fdroidorg Matrix.org could provide its own F-Droid repo that people can add in their app.

@jcast @matrix what a bummer that the UK left the EU a few days ago. 🤷

@matrix well Elon Musk recently tweeted to not use Discord, so maybe something similar is happening to Signal. Has there been an upsurge in usage?

@sgryphon @matrix that sounds about right probably an influx of #wallstreetbets people looking for safe haven

@matrix I am not an Andoid user to be affected by this but apparently you install the latest APK directly via the artifacts tab here: buildkite.com/matrix-dot-org/e hope its helpful

@matrix

You forgot to add a "I am not a terrorist" checkbox on the Element registration screen.

How else are they su;pposed to know that XMPP isn't being used for child porn lovin', jihadist enemies of the state?

@lps
Dang. Must have missed it! I guess I should expect a knock at the door from the authorities soon...
@matrix

@matrix I prefer f-droid anyway, for what it's worth.

@[email protected] @[email protected] maybe you should also consider going for huawei store?
It is pretty popular

@matrix Let's hope this gets sorted out in time before #FOSDEM starts.

@matrix I Wonder if this is something to do with new wallstreetbets channel.

@matrix WHAT‽
Isn't banning the element app (presumably because somebody's hosting a server with bad content) the same as if they were to ban Firefox because somebody hosts a bad website‽
Absolute insanity - and thanks to everyone for pointing out Fdroid exists, having a good look there now!

@pswilde @matrix Not the exact right example. Googe should remove chrome, because it delivers websites with bad content. #element #matrix #google

@pswilde @matrix

The difference is that Google needs Firefox to avoid being a Monopoly. The same way Facebook sponsored diaspora to be able to say 'look, there are alternatives'.

@jcast @matrix oh yeah, absolutely, but the general example is similar.
The other metaphor people are using is for Google to ban an email app because emails containing bad content exist.
It's just a poorly thought out decision to ban element really.

@pswilde @matrix

Maybe their thought is let's ban a actually good implementation of true end to end encryption with anonimacy.

@matrix
Our overlords are at it again.

GoOGLE kNOwS BeST

@Matrix.org Why is the version in f-droid behind? Seems like bad prioritization if you ask me.

@matrix

You'll likely have to take legal action, and use social media leverage to get anywhere with an appeal.

@matrix Could you work together with @fdroidorg to figure out a way to get up-to-date versions of #element in there faster?

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