Apple vets apps to halt Covid-19 misinformation

Anne Freier | March 17, 2020

App Development

Apple has put in a place a range of Covid-19 measures to ensure that pandemic-related apps remain relevant and accurate.

The store told its developer community that it was taking the measures to ensure that data remained reputable.

“To help fulfill these expectations, we’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable and that developers presenting these apps are from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions,” the company explains. “Only developers from one of these recognized entities should submit an app related to COVID-19.”

In addition, the company will be looking to vet entertainment apps that try to capitalise on the spread of the coronavirus.

The company asked developers to opt for a “time-sensitive” submission to help launch their useful apps.

Among the top apps currently available for search relating to the virus area case trackers, news app and hand washing reminders.

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