A German developer and lobbyist has filed a complaint with the EU, claiming that both Apple and Google are unfairly rejecting coronavirus-themed apps.
While Apple faces a lawsuit claiming it wants a monopoly on contact-tracking apps, another developer accuses both Apple and Google of unfair competition. The new complaint says it’s an antitrust issue that companies reject any COVID-related apps, including games.
German developer Florian Mueller, best known as a lobbyist and blogger on legal issues, reports that he unveiled an app called Corona Control Game in November 2020. Both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store rejected it.
It is unclear whether either company formally told Mueller why it was turned down. However, Apple has previously stated that it will not allow any COVID-19 apps on the App Store unless officially approved by governments and health authorities.
According to Reuters, Google also responded that it will only approve authorized COVID-19 apps.
“The stated goal of ‘ensuring the credibility of health and safety informationon’ does not justify general rules based on authorship or simply the combination of a broad category and topic,” Mueller said in his complaint.
Mueller has now filed complaints regarding this with the US Department of Justice and also with antitrust authorities in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. A further complaint should be made in India.
Meanwhile, Mueller reports renaming the app to “Viral Days, “And that was accepted by both stores.
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