element and all other clients for the federated secure messaging system matrix have been banned from the google play store. in the wake of the parler ban, i expect google and other tech companies to start exercising this power more and more going forward. signal probably isn't safe either.

element.io/blog/element-on-goo

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if you use android, i recommend installing the open source app store F-Droid and installing any available apps from there instead of google. i usually post from Tusky, an android mastodon client that's available on F-Droid

@bp it's worth noting that f-droid works like linux distribution repositories where the maintainership of the f-droid release is separate from upstream (though may be the same person)
it's subjective whether this is an upside or a downside

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