My Downloader app has been reinstated back into the Amazon appstore and is once again available on all Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. After the app was taken down on Friday by Amazon with no explanation, I used the developer’s contact form to ask why it was removed. On Saturday evening, the app’s review status was updated to state the app was removed because “it can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content.” This was the same reason given to Kodi’s developers when Kodi was removed from the Amazon appstore. Then, this morning, I received a response to my original inquiry which simply stated my app was once again live in the appstore.
I’ve just replied to Amazon’s response asking why the app was removed in the first place and if they can reassure me it won’t be removed again. I’m hesitant to continue with my plans of expanding the app’s capabilities if its acceptance in the appstore is unstable, so I’ll wait and see what Amazon says in response to my new inquiry.
My best guess as to why my app was removed in the first place is that the numerous mentions of “Kodi” in my app’s reviews triggered some flags that caused it to be removed. Then after a closer review, due to my original inquiry, the app was found to not be directly related to Kodi and reinstated.
A more cynical theory is that my app was removed to further suppress Kodi on the Fire TV, but was then reinstated to avoid customer backlash and negative press that was starting to brew up. I hope it was the first theory and not the latter, but I’ll likely never know for sure. I’m just happy the app is back up for everyone’s enjoyment.
12/7/16 The reply from Amazon to my 2nd inquiry asking for more details on why the app was removed was: “Thank you for providing further details. Your application is now live.”
That reply is completely irrelevant to my inquiry, so either the person replying is incompetent, or their skirting my question. Either way, it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a straight response from Amazon.