Parents have been warned to stop using the Google Parental Advisory sticker for new laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The sticker, which Google announced in April and was expected to be a permanent feature on new laptops and tablets, has been linked to a number of child abuse and other problems, including a recent child sex abuse investigation.
It has been removed from laptops and smartphones in a new version of Google’s Android operating system that will be released next week.
The warning comes after a spate of child sexual abuse allegations, including one from a US child protection agency, and the discovery of child pornography.
In a blog post on its website, Google said it is working to ensure that users have the right to control their personal information when using the sticker.
Google said it has received a total of 5,926 complaints about the sticker, with many users reporting they had been asked to remove the sticker and had been blocked from certain apps or websites.
“We’ve removed the sticker from Google Play, YouTube, and other Google services because it violates our terms of service, and we’re also removing the stickers from Chrome, Android and Google Docs,” Google said.
“It’s a difficult decision to make, but we’ve removed this sticker because we believe it violates Google’s privacy and the right of parents to control what their children see and use online.”
Our goal is to remove this sticker from every device in Google Play and YouTube, so parents don’t have to worry about it anymore.
“It’s not clear how many users have reported problems with the sticker as a result of the investigation, but Google said there are currently 5,838 reports of stickers being removed from the Play store and Google Play.”
In the next few weeks, we’ll be working to get all reports and feedback on the issue fixed, so we can make the sticker permanent for everyone,” the company said.
The Google Parent Advisory sticker is available in three colours: blue, red and white.
The sticker will be removed from all devices in the Google Play store by next week, the company added.
The latest versions of the Android operating systems, codenamed Gingerbread, Jelly Bean and KitKat, have been updated to include parental advisory stickers.
Google has been under pressure from parents to remove stickers that encourage kids to use illicit websites, or to block certain apps from being available in the search giant’s search results.
The company also launched a feature to notify users of its policies, which included removing certain stickers from devices.