In an unexpected turn of events, MetaMask, a popular cryptocurrency wallet with over 30 million users, was temporarily removed from the Apple App Store on October 14, 2023. Although an official reason has not been provided, it is likely related to Apple’s policies that prohibit certain background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining, and the demand for 30% of transaction revenue.
MetaMask has faced similar challenges in the past, including its suspension from the Google Play Store in 2019 due to allegations of cryptocurrency mining on mobile devices, which the company denied.
The MetaMask team has been working on projects like the Linea rollup network, which focuses on more private transactions. Furthermore, they have expanded their compatibility to include Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Bitcoin Cash.
This incident underscores the importance of decentralization in the cryptocurrency space and raises questions about regulation and the relationship between technology companies and users. The crypto community continues to demonstrate resilience and adaptability in an ever-changing environment.