Google is causing chaos among business users that trusted it’s Google Sheet service. Companies are feeling burnt for turning their back on Microsoft as Google suddenly becomes aggressive in shutting out users from their own Google Sheet collaborations without providing reason.
It is widely reported that Google One, the paid service for Google Cloud Storage, started to disable access to certain Google Sheets without providing any valid reason. It simply displays a message informing users that a sheet was flagged for violation and can no longer be shared between users.
In cases where Google support was contacted and asked for a reason, the company said they do not provide any specific reasons – and users are welcome to go do some reading on forums to figure out why they suddenly cannot access Google Sheets.
The common answer from Google is simply this:
Request a review of a violation
You can request to have your file reviewed if you don’t think your file violates Google’s Terms of Service or program policies. If you own a file that’s been flagged for a violation, you may see a flag next to the filename and you won’t be able to share it. Your file will no longer be publicly accessible, even to people who have the link.
Request a review
When you try to share a file that’s been flagged for a violation, you’ll see an option to have the file reviewed. To request a review of the file:
- Open the file.
- Click Share.
- Click Request a review.
Anyone who thought Google Sheets provided them with independence and freedom from Microsoft market domination in productivity tools like MS Office and Excel can now clearly see that being at the behest of Google, is far less desirable.