Iran: Google withdraws Iranian government COVID-19 self-diagnosis app 


After the Iranian government produced the AC19  Android app, intended to help people self-diagnose rather than going to a hospital, Google pulled it from the Play Store apparently suspecting that the app made the misleading claim that it could detect COVID-19 infections although it is also true that developer accounts from Iran are not allowed on Google Play. The app, which is still available through the web, initially faced complaints that the Iranian government was using it as a means of spying on people; on its release, the government sent an SMS to all Iranians encouraging them to install it. A technical review, however, showed that the app was not spyware or a malicious Trojan. The app also may have been caught in a general crackdown on fake COVID-19-related content.