Apple refuses to remove a fake health app from the App Store even after Google has

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Lunar is an app that claims it can help women “tracks {their} period, ovulation, fertility, and much more.”

The app is the third most popular in the Health and Fitness category, let that sink in, 3rd. That means its beating Fitbit, Headspace, MyFitnessPal all thanks to a “rapidly rising count of five-star ratings” (The Post).

Let’s break all it down.

The app claims it can read a woman’s blood sugar, blood pressure, ovulation levels and the genetic makeup of their unborn child simply by a scan of a finger, or a picture of a stomach.

Two of the bogus claims made by the Lunar app according to Huffington Post - Apple still lists this bogus health & fitness app after Google removed it
Reminder, the app is currently the third most popular in the US App Store for Health and Fitness

Beyond the obvious nonsense of being able to read medical metrics using a picture, a new report by the Huffington Post notes that a “vast majority” of the app reviews on the App Store are fake.

The report notes that the developers may have enlisted in bribing people to leave reviews given the app currently has a 4.8 out of 5 rating. What we know for certain was that the app developer scammed people, telling them if they left a 5-star review on the app, they would be awarded a $25 USD Sephora gift-card.

Lunar bribed people to get a 5-star rating - Apple still lists this bogus health & fitness app after Google removed it
The app offering people a gift-card for leaving a 5-star review

The Post put the app to the test, taking a picture of a banana and other random objects in order for the app to read its blood pressure or sugar. The app said that the bannan had an incredibly high blood pressure but a normal heart rate.

It gets worse, on Facebook, the app’s official page told women to “pee in a bottle and add salt” as a pregnancy test, that women who went vegan have a higher chance of birthing twins, and that women could enlarge their breast size by rubbing them to “stimulate growth.”

Facebook has responded saying it will revoke the page’s ability to advertise but admits it has been running ads with fake medical advice for months.

Dr. R. Stan Williams who is chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida had this to say when asked about the apps claims,

“It’s just ludicrous. I don’t know of any medical literature stating that a cellphone can capture biometric information like that.”

Dr. R. Stan Williams

The app presents a dangerous threat to women who will think it is legit, the Post notes that one woman deleted the app after she became suspicious, but she still worries others will use the app “as a stand-in for legitimate medical care.”

Google has taken the decision to remove the app based off of the report, Apple, on the other hand, has decided to keep the app up. We aren’t sure why Apple is keeping it up, but one thing is for sure, it needs to be taken down.

Apple has refused to comment.

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