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article imageApple ditches controversial anti-gay iPhone app

By Andrew John     Mar 23, 2011 in Lifestyle
Apple has removed an app from its App Store after a growing number of complaints claimed the app was anti-gay. The app aimed to steer users away from homosexuality.
The application was developed by the Christian organization, Exodus, which thinks gay people can change their orientation.
According to the Pink Paper, "The move comes after 146,000 campaigners signed a petition demanding that the product, which was free, be banned."
A Pink Paper story reported that Apple had described the application as "free and providing access to current news, information, and resources from Exodus International."
Exodus describes itself as "the world’s largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality."
A petition sent to Apple's CEO Steve Jobs read: "Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a ‘sin that will make your heart sick’."
Protesters said Apple "needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable."
Tech Digest is carrying a headline saying: "Apple removes anti-gay app following protests … but what took it so long?"
The online outlet says the app has been taken off the computer giant's App Store, but there has not so far been any comment from Apple itself.
However, it does point out that Exodus International is disappointed not to have been given an explanation, or even warning that the app was about to disappear.
Tech Digest admits that it's curious: "We would like to see an explanation from Apple too," it says, "why the app was allowed in the first place, and why it took so long to get rid of it. Apple has a pretty decent record when it comes to supporting diversity, so let's hope this is an isolated incident."
The app (iTunes link) is no longer available in the App Store.
Apple has not commented on the removal of the app.
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