In an effort to stop the spread of false information, Apple will restrict COVID-19-related applications to recognized health agencies and organizations,media outlet Apple Insider reported Thursday. Although Apple has yet to announce strict and fast App Store rules for apps that can provide information about coronavirus outbreaks, four independent developers told CNBC that their software was rejected because it lacked the support of official health agencies or public entities.
Apple reportedly told a developer that all COVID-19-related apps must be released by WHO or the government. Another developer received an email from Apple that said, “Applications that contain information about current medicine must be submitted by a recognized body.” “
Origin, not content, seems to be the main determinant of Apple’s decision-making process. According to the report, some rejected applications combine publicly available information from established sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The report quoted a person familiar with the matter as saying that App Store editors are evaluating applications based on the source of the title health data and whether the publisher is associated with a trusted organization.
Keywords search on the App Store currently offers applications such as Relief Central and HealthLynked COVID-19 Tracker, which includes from DXY. Data from Worldometer and Johns Hopkins.