Podcasts about COVID-19 exist, therefore Podcast Addict is a Covid-19 app.

What you need to know

  • Podcast Addict pulled from the Google Play Store as a result of new COVID-19 rules.
  • Google currently bans apps from “referencing COVID-19” unless they are endorsed by public health agencies.
  • Some podcasts which can be accessed on the app do reference the virus and associated disease, triggering the ban.

The Play Store’s policies currently warn “any apps referencing COVID-19, or related terms, in any form in their metadata will only be approved for distribution in the Play Store if they are published, commissioned or authorized by [official government entities and public health organizations].”

While it has helped clean up the Play Store from genuinely misleading apps, one podcast app—Podcast Addict—has fallen victim to an obtuse (or particularly robotic) reading of it.

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