During the first few weeks of the international spread of the Corona virus, reports from official sources were also accompanied by dubious news reports, whose job is sometimes to cause panic and unnecessary panic. Apple (Apple) and Google (Google) have begun to take responsibility for the issue, and are more closely monitoring the Corona-related apps coming to the app store.
Apple has begun a fairly rigid policy: The company does not approve any application related to information about the Corona virus, and its source is not a competent and recognized authority. While this policy blocks informal apps that may disseminate misinformation, some developers complain that this is too sweeping a regulation, and legitimate apps whose sole purpose is to help the public are not approved.
Google also performs strict filtering, but the company does not seem to focus on app approval but search terms – and displays a limited number of supervised results. In addition, the Play Store main page now features a tab with recommendations for official apps, such as the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). At Google, too, there are no complaints: Some of the search words seem too aggressive and no results are displayed.
Another step Google has taken is opening its Premium Hangouts Meet for all its business users at no extra charge. This, according to Google, aims to make it easier for employees or students to be absent from the office or classroom due to isolation rules or fear of illness.