Google has banned the Infowars Android app for false coronavirus claims.
Google banned the Infowars Android app from the Google Play Store and confirmed Wired on Friday. Google also confirmed that the app was deleted with The Verge and couldn’t find the Infowars app in the Play Store tonight.
According to Wired, the video was apparently removed because of a video posted by radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The number of downloads in the app exceeded 100,000 before the app was removed (wired report).
“Now eradicating erroneous information from the PLAY store is more important than ever.”
In a statement to the “Verge,” a Google spokesman said, “Now dealing with misinformation in the Play Store has never been more important than ever.” “If you find an app that violates Play policy by misleading or distributing harmful information, we will remove it from the store.” Infowars was unable to comment immediately.
Last week, Alex Jones was ordered by New York lawyer Letitia James to stop selling Infowars products that are being sold as a cure or treatment for coronavirus. “[Alex Jones’] The latest mistruths are very dangerous and pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and nationwide individuals,” James said in a statement.
Technology companies have also made public efforts to crack down on corona virus misinformation. Google has a “SOS Alert” for searching for COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, which points to CDC and local government data at the top of the search results. And a group of companies, including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube, said in a statement released on March 16, “it’s jointly fighting scams and misinformation about viruses.”
Apple permanently banned the Infowars app from the App Store in September 2018. I quoted the App Store guidelines that prohibit content that is “offensive, dull, angry, disgusting, or very unpleasant”.