MetaMask, a decentralized app (Dapp) browser extension, has been unceremoniously removed from the Android and Google Chrome marketplaces with no indication as to why, and if or when it will be restored.
MetaMask made the announcement on its Twitter handle on Wednesday, July 25 in a tweet that read:
“PSA: MetaMask has been delisted from the Chrome Web Store. We are unsure of why this is the case and we will update everyone as we get more information. All other browsers are unaffected.”
Bad News For Ethereum Users
Currently, MetaMask plays a vital role in the mainstream acceptance of Ethereum, as it provides an interface between conventional web browsers and decentralized networks. Using MetaMask, users can access Ethereum DApps in their browsers without running an entire blockchain node.
This allows the everyday internet user to access Ethereum based programs without them even realizing they are accessing Ethereum network. MetaMask is most popularly used to access MyEther Wallet (MEW) so many users panicked fearing that their funds had been compromised.
It is now clear that if you already have MetaMask downloaded you are able to continue using it without any issues.
Until Ethereum and other decentralized frameworks attain widespread adoption, such interfaces are potentially the most essential part of the present Ethereum experience.
The abrupt and unexplained removal by the Google Chrome web store will make it more difficult for Chrome users who do not already have the extension installed to access Ethereum Dapps, which could have an unfavorable effect on the continued adoption of Ethereum.
For the time being, other well-known browsers that can run MetaMask, including Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Brave are unaffected by the purge.
Speaking on Twitter, MetaMask expressed cautious optimism about resolving the situation promptly, informing existing MetaMask users that the service should still work fine for the time being.