Google has removed the "On Votar 1-Oct" Catalan referendum app tweeted out by Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont to his followers on September 23 after being ordered to do so by the High Court in Catalonia.
The app, available on Google Play until just before 7 p.m. on Friday, helps people to find their polling station via their address and shows the closest polling stations on Google Maps via GPS, the name of the town or keywords.
It also allows users to share links to polling station locations.
Google told The Spain Report that: "we remove content from our platforms when we receive a court order or when it violates our terms and conditions".
The app no longer appears to be available from Spain.
The court order told Google Inc—at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View CA 94043 (USA)—to take down the app located at that URL and also to block or eliminate any future apps submitted by the user with e-mail address "firstname.lastname@example.org" or identifying as "Catalonia Voting Software".
The judge says in her ruling that the tweet with the app link is "only a continuation of the actions of the [Catalan government] to block" Constitutional Court and High Court orders "repeatedly".
The High Court in Catalonia issued an order on September 23 allowing police to take down any referendum websites linked to by members of the Catalan government on their social media accounts.
Friday's new court order has been issued because this is a referendum mobile app, for download, not a link to a referendum website or domain directly.
The "reluctant attitude" of the Catalan government to obey the previous orders about referendum websites is "clear, once again", says the judge.
"…they mean to dodge said blockades with computer applications for mobile devices, which, like the web pages, only promote and facilitate the holding of the referendum on October 1."
The Civil Guard notified had notified the judge earlier today that a link had appeared on the Twitter profile of Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan First Minister, at 8:30 p.m. on September 27, "announcing the availability of a mobile app with information about the referendum in Catalonia, along with a link to download it".
The judge has ordered the Civil Guard to take the actions needed to enforce the order.
Some 140 referendum websites and mirrors have now been taken down on court orders since the beginning of September.