A fierce struggle is facing Apple and Google app stores to prevent the coronavirus from spreading online as a threat against real information about the disease.
Both the App Store and Google Play are removing from their ecosystem all apps that are not from official or governmental bodies on COVID-19.
?Four independent developers said that Apple rejected their applications, which will allow people to see statistics on what passes have confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Some of them used public data from reliable sources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), to create live panels or maps. Some developers asked not to be named to avoid further complications with Apple's review process, ?said CNBC.
This indicates that, beyond using reliable information, if these developers are not specifically endorsed by an official institution, their applications will not be considered for Android or iOS.
At this time, the technology industry is working very hard to ensure that the platforms are not used to provide people with false or, worse, dangerous information about the coronavirus. We are seeing significant pressure to stop applications and ads before they give citizens, said Morgan Reed, president of the Applications Association, the union that represents developers.
In Google Play, the policy is very similar: ?The Google Android application store has a rule against applications that 'capitalize on a natural disaster' or 'atrocity' or seem to 'benefit from a tragic event with no appreciable benefit to victims '.
They ask Google and Apple to suspend events
That is not all that Apple and Google have been involved in in relation to the coronavirus in recent hours, since the California county of Santa Clara, under whose administration are Cupertino, Mountain View and Palo Alto, have asked them to cancel events and mass meetings.
This is the list of suggestions that employees of both companies received:
- Suspend non-essential employee trips.
- Minimize the number of employees working side by side, including minimizing or canceling large meetings and conferences in person.
- Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
- Do not require a doctor's note for employees who are ill, since medical care offices can be very busy and cannot provide that documentation immediately.
- Consider the use of telecommuting options for appropriate employees.
- Consider extraordinary start and end times to reduce the number of people who congregate at the same time.