Apple Bans Coronavirus-Themed Games and Entertainment from Its App Store

Apple publicized restrictions on coronavirus-themed apps over the weekend and part of the tech giant’s decision bans games and entertainment related to the respiratory outbreak. 

The iPhone maker outlined its review process for apps related to the pandemic on Saturday, adding plans to only allow official health-related apps from trustworthy organizations and agencies.

“We’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable,” Apple said in a statement on its developer website.

The company said it will only allow coronavirus-focused apps from “government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions.”

Because the coronavirus crisis is escalating, Apple is also giving apps that use reputable sources an expedited path to approval, the company said. Developers can choose the “time-sensitive event” option when submitting for App Store approval.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Dalvin Brown