TECH Apple bans COVID-19-related entertainment apps in App Store

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Apple bans COVID-19-related entertainment apps in App Store

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05:59, March 16, 2020

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Apple has set restrictions on coronavirus-related content in its App Store to ensure the credibility of health and safety information, the tech giant said in a post on Saturday.

The company said that entertainment or game apps pertaining to novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) will not be allowed.

"Communities around the world are depending on apps to be credible news sources – helping users understand the latest health innovations, find out where they can get help if needed or provide assistance to their neighbors," Apple said in the post.

Therefore, only developers from "recognized entities" such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions can submit apps relate to COVID-19, the company explained.

The tech giant emphasized that eligible developers can select "Time-Sensitive Event" on the expedite request form to ensure prioritized review, and nonprofit organizations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities that plan to release their apps for free can request to have their annual membership fee waived if they are from an eligible country.


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