Google has revised its policy on news apps and pretty much tries to destroy the business model of news apps, i.e. advertising and affiliate marketing.
Here’s an update from the new Google Rules—
Any of the following conditions must be met for an app that declares itself as a ‘News’ app on Google Play.
Until buying, news apps requiring a user to buy a membership must include a content preview for users.
Apps for News MUST:
Provide details on the ownership of the news publisher and its contributors, including but not limited to the official news website published in your app, legitimate and verifiable contact information, the original publisher of each article, and the original publisher of each article
Have a website or in-app page which gives the news publisher valid contact information.
Apps News MUST NOT:
Contains big spelling and/or grammatical mistakes,
It only contains static content (for example, content that is several months old) and
Have as its primary aim affiliate marketing or ad sales.
News applications that incorporate content from various publishing outlets must be open with respect to the publishing source of the app’s content. News policy standards must be met and each of the sources must comply.
Google News Policies do not allow sites or accounts that impersonate any person or organization, or that misrepresent or conceal their ownership or primary purpose. We do not allow sites or accounts that engage in inauthentic or coordinated behavior that misleads users. This includes, but isn’t limited to, sites or accounts that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or that direct content at users in another country under false premises. This also includes sites or accounts working together in ways that conceal or misrepresent information about their relationships or editorial independence.