ga_trackingId and "Tracking" anti-feature

I’m curious about several apps that were marked with “tracking” anti-feature for having the string ga_trackingId in an XML file (merge request 7898). The rationale given was that this key is used to configure Google Firebase tracking, however, as far as I am aware the Google Firebase libraries are not allowed at all in F-Droid-built packages. I would assume, then, that this configuration would do literally nothing as long as those libraries are not available. Is that not the case?

What effect does including this key in the built package have, if the Firebase libraries are not also included (aside maybe from setting off some tracker detector)?

It could be used to perform the tracking via webview (or other HTTP calls) for example.

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