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Epic just showed Google has the technical capability to whitelist “known” apps outside the Play Store.

One Googler wrote:

I would appreciate if we could whitelist the official Fortnite before launch. I don’t want to get in a situation where any of the automated scorers (or any human really) flags Fortnite accidentally. HR fallout would be severe

Kleidermacher says Google doesn’t take such things into account for Unknown Sources, though. Again, it’s an operating system level flag.