Snake oil? There’s an app for that. App developers who make baseless health-related claims about their apps may face FTC charges in the US.
In this case, the mobile apps “AcneApp” and “Acne Pwner”, sold in Apple’s iTunes Store and Google’s Android Marketplace, made false health-related claims without scientific evidence. Advertising for the apps claimed to treat acne with colored lights emitted from the phone (“Kill ACNE with this simple, yet powerful tool!”). According to the FTC complaint, almost 15,000 people downloaded the apps. In the FTC settlement, the app developers were fined and were barred from making further unsubstantiated health claims.