The objective of Google and Apple is to limit the spread of false information carried by certain applications
HEALTH – The objective of Google and Apple is to limit the spread of false information conveyed by certain applications While the coronavirus continues to spread in the world, Google and Apple take action. The two companies announced that they have reorganized their stores applications to limit the spread of “fake news” about the epidemic, reports Android Police, relayed by Clubic. Many applications with questionable legitimacy have been released since the arrival of the virus and take advantage of users’ fears and naivety.
– Julien TRAN (@julientran) March 6, 2020
Two different strategies
Faced with this phenomenon, Google has banned the terms “coronavirus”, “corona” or “Covid-19” from Google Play Store. These keywords now do not return any results. But by slightly modifying the search (“covid” or “covid19”), we always gain access to sometimes questionable applications on the subject, such as health recommendation apps published by independent developers, unknown to the battalion and unofficial.
At the same time, the Mountain View company has decided to gather information on the coronavirus epidemic on one page. This highlights certified and legitimate applications, such as that of The Red Cross.
For its part, Apple has taken a radical decision: all applications developed independently are banned. The App Store now only offers applications published by an official body. Currently, some unofficial apps have passed this filter and are still available on the platform. But the majority of the results, especially the first apps that appear in research, are those of governments and official health organizations.