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Apple is rejecting coronavirus apps that aren’t from health organizations
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 06, 2020 11:50AM
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Apple is rejecting coronavirus apps that aren’t from health organizations
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Apple is gatekeeping apps related to the coronavirus outbreak that are not from official institutions, according to iOS developers.

Several independent app developers said that Apple rejected their submissions for apps allowing people to see stats concerning the number of cases different countries are experiencing from the coronavirus outbreak, according to CNBC.

The data used by some unnamed developers included official records from the World Health Organization (WHO) to create interactive maps displaying locations of the virus outbreaks.

However, one developer said Apple's policy would allow only official health organizations or governments to release apps with this type of content, the report said.

A second developer received a written response from an Apple employee, saying, "Apps with information about current medical information need to be submitted by a recognized institution."

Spent all day yesterday building a coronavirus app just to get this rejection
— Zachary Shakked (@zacharyshakked) March 4, 2020

Zachary Shakked, a developer who has been featured on the App Store, was also declined when making an iOS coronavirus map.

The strict rules are part of an attempt for Apple to combat the spread of misinformation by requiring only authorized sources to release apps concerning the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, according to sources familiar with the subject.

Google is also cracking down on apps related to coronavirus, with the company's Google Play Android app store yielding no results when users search "coronavirus" or "COVID-19," according to the report.
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Re: Apple is rejecting coronavirus apps that aren’t from health organizations
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 06, 2020 12:39PM
Bravo Apple, and Google too, if I infer correctly.

Whom does one trust for accurate information?

I'd prefer an established organization over an independent dev, unless one could produce impeccable credentials for their aggression.

And frankly, it's too much work for me to vet someone in this scenario.

Plus, it's no doubt some bias of mine, but it bothers me that indy devs might be making money off this virus.

I am that Masked Man.

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