Two Apple developers have been given the green mild to promote mask-wearing with their stickerpack apps for iOS, after until now receiving rejections from Apple that cautioned they were making “inappropriate references to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Here’s how this story began:
How could a pleasant sticky label wearing a mask be an inappropriate reference to COVID-19, particularly when Apple has its very very own mask-wearing emoji? That was the question on my mind, so I reached out to Apple yesterday.
This morning, Apple responded that not only does the employer now not have any guidelines about mask-wearing stickers, but that each of these examples are absolutely OK — and both developers have considering the fact that established that Apple has authorised their apps.
Apple referred to as to clarify. Said there is no problem, content is approved. Said depiction of masks and hand washing in our app Emoji Me Animated Faces is fine. The policy is supposed for apps that are marketed as COVID apps.
— Mark Johnson (@markjnet) November 10, 2020
It’s not quite clear why they had been rejected to start with, but Apple says it’s been careful solely to let medical establishments and legitimate fitness agencies point out “COVID-19” in their app names or metadata (which opportunists might attempt to get their apps to appear higher in search). Both Apple and Google have policies designed to make positive COVID-19 searches factor to apps that may virtually assist you guard yourself.
These unique apps are the *Chef’s Kiss* and Emoji Me Animated Faces Kids apps, in case you’re curious