Home Tek Software Apple And Google Are Rejecting Coronavirus Apps To Curb Misinformation

Apple And Google Are Rejecting Coronavirus Apps To Curb Misinformation

If you search for any coronavirus related app on Google Play Store, what you will see is "no results found for 'coronavirus'," with the same message on a search for COVID-19.

Apple And Google Are Rejecting Coronavirus Apps To Curb Misinformation - SurgeZirc Nigeria
A coronavirus warning board at the entrance to Edinburgh Waverley train station.

Apple and Google are working really hard to control the spread of coronavirus misinformation using apps. According to a CNBC report Apple is rejecting all coronavirus-related apps that aren’t promoted by the government or official health organizations.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Facebook Has Pulled Down Trump’s campaign Census Ads

Google Playstore has blocked all searches for coronavirus related mobile apps, although we aren’t sure if it’s completely blocking app approvals, as well.

Apple store is manually evaluating apps, with interest in who the developers are and where they got their data. Some independent mobile app developers that use the World Health Organization (WHO) data are also being rejected because they’re not recognized health institutions.

An app developer told CNBC that Apple store rejected its coronavirus-related app, saying that “apps with information about current medical information need to be submitted by a recognized institution.”

The exercise has resulted to just a few apps popping up when you search for coronavirus related apps on the Apple Store. The top result is a Brazilian government app about the outbreak, along with a wallpaper app, a Plague Inc-like game, an app from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and a COVID-19 information app published by a medical developer.

If you search for any coronavirus related app on Google Play Store, what you will see is “no results found for ‘coronavirus’,” with the same message on a search for COVID-19.

Google has policies against apps that “lack reasonable sensitivity towards or capitalize on a natural disaster, atrocity, conflict, death, or other tragic events” or “profit from a tragic event with no discernible benefit to the victims.”

Although Google published a website called “Coronavirus: Stay informed,” with a list including apps from the Red Cross, Centres for Disease Control (CDC) news organizations and Twitter(!), that page doesn’t show up in a Play Store search for coronavirus.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Nigeria Braces Coronavirus As First Case Hits Lagos

Google doesn’t seem to be completely banning independent apps with coronavirus info, CNBC notes. A top Android app called Corona 100m that maps COVID-19 (the diseased caused by the coronavirus) in South Korea is still available, for example.

Technology companies have been fairly proactive about fighting coronavirus misinformation. Facebook and Google are removing false coronavirus content including unrealistic cures, and Facebook is running free WHO ads to counter inaccuracies.

Twitter has also banned coronavirus misinformation and Pinterest created a custom search experience to ensure users get reliable information. However, scams, cures and gouging still loom.


You can see more latest technology news, gadgets, software, automobile, gaming, etc. by visiting our Partners ‘Ravzgadget‘ where ‘non-tech’ news is a turn-off. 


 

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Share this article with friends
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x