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Google Bans Coronavirus Infection Trackers... But Not Before They Get 400,000 Downloads - Forbes

Google Bans Coronavirus Infection Trackers... But Not Before They Get 400,000 Downloads - Forbes


Google Bans Coronavirus Infection Trackers... But Not Before They Get 400,000 Downloads - Forbes

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 08:36 AM PDT

Google has been busy over the last month cleaning its Play store of a whole host of Android apps promising information on the spread of coronavirus. It's had to do so thanks to a policy that prohibits any COVID-19 related apps that haven't been approved by a national government or a medical institution.

But a Forbes analysis of 10 of those banned apps shows that not only was one linked to active disinformation, together they scored at least 400,000 downloads prior to being shown the door.

Coronavirus apps go big before ban

One of the more intriguing developers of now-banned Google apps was called Sim&Co. Their "Wuhan Coronavirus map" scored 100,000 downloads and hundreds of reviews, according to app monitor SensorTower, promising to provide information such as symptoms and the names of local people to the user who'd died of COVID-19. Another of the developer's creations was called "Make Fake News," which had amassed at least 10,000 downloads and encourages users to visit a news site and quickly change the words in an article. It's also been banned.

Forbes didn't get a response to an enquiry from that developer. But creators of two other banned apps - the "Corona Virus Contact Check" by Kruz Factory and the "Coronavirus Tracker" by ontrac.io - who did respond said they'd been thrown out because of the Google policy on COVID-19 apps.

The Korea-based Kruz Factory developer told Forbes they'd actually been banned twice after going above 100,000 downloads. According to the app description, it promised to help users check if they'd had contact with a COVID-19 patient in the past. The dev believed the first ban was because he'd included an advertisement in the app and was seen to be exploiting the disaster. "So I removed the ad from my app, changed the function to let users register the information of a patient and launched it again with a new name... Google unilaterally stopped my app once more," he said.

Josh Hintze, from ontrac.io, wasn't as accepting of Google's outlawing of the Coronavirus Tracker, which offered to "monitor all the real time breaking news" on COVID-19. He passed on Google's own reasoning for the ban, which noted that the app had broken the tech giant's "Sensitive Events" policy. "Specifically, we don't allow apps that lack reasonable sensitivity towards or capitalize on a natural disaster, atrocity, conflict, death, or other tragic event," Google wrote.  It then went on to note that if the software creator wanted to get their tool back on Google Play, they'd have to show approval from a government body or healthcare organization.

Hintze said the app wasn't making any money from the app. "However, they felt we were being insensitive to the situation. The part that really stinks is they counted this as a strike against our developer account which could jeopardize our other apps."

Apple takes hard stance too

The other apps that scored more than 50,000 downloads and were subsequently banned included: HealthLynked COVID-19 Tracker, Coronavirus - live map & latest news, and Coronavirus Statistics. Developers for each hadn't responded to requests for information at the time of publication. Google also has not provided comment.

Apple has a similar policy as Google: remove all apps that don't have official government or healthcare-industry approval. Just one app reviewed by Forbes - the HealthLynked COVID-19 Tracker - has an iOS version that remains live on the Apple App Store. At one point earlier in March, it was one of the top rated apps on the market. And HealthLynked is a public company that provides genuine healthcare services, so it's little surprise Apple has let it stay.

What to do if you've downloaded a banned app

No matter how harsh or swift Apple and Google punishments are for non-complying apps, coronavirus trackers are, clearly, still able to get a significant followings before being banned.

For anyone who downloaded the affected apps, they'd be wise to delete them. Not only are they unlikely to get the latest, most pertinent information, they're no longer getting updated. That means that they could also contain vulnerabilities that open up the phone to attacks. No one needs the distraction of having to deal with an infected phone when they're already trying to avoid real-life disease.

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