Google Removed the Infowars Android App Over False Coronavirus Claims
Google has finally removed the Infowars Android app from Play Store, the company confirmed to Wired on Friday. This app has been removed from the Play Store in an accuse of spreading false information on the novel coronavirus issue.
The false information was provided through a video posted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the Infowars app which leads to the removal of the app from one of the largest app platform. According to Wired, Alex Jones provided false information related to the novel coronavirus on some serious precautions such as “need for social distancing, shelter in place, and quarantine efforts meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
As of now, the Google Play Store was only the last platform for Alex Jones as his shows have been already kicked out from multiple online platforms. According to the report, the Infowars app has over 100,000 download hits before it kicked out from Play Store.
Earlier in September 2018, Apple removed this app from App Store after it was found violating the App Store guidelines that forbid content that’s “offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste.”
“Now more than ever, combating misinformation on the Play Store is a top priority for the team,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement given to The Verge. “When we find apps that violate Play policy by distributing misleading or harmful information, we remove them from the store.”
Just a week before, Alex Jones was ordered by New York Attorney General Letitia James to stop selling Infowars products that were marketed as a treatment or cure for the coronavirus. “[Alex Jones’] latest mistruths are incredibly dangerous and pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and individuals across the nation,” James said in a statement.
Tech companies have been eagerly participating in the fight against false information on the novel coronavirus to stop panic situation among the people. And now, this latest move from Google has clearly shown the tech giant’s ambition against misinformation related to the COVID-19 virus.
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