Apple Removes 'Gay Cure' App: A History Of App Store Protests

Posted: Mar 23 2011, 1:51pm CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple Removes 'Gay Cure' App: A History of App Store Protests
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More Apps, More Problems.

The most recent brouhaha over the App Store has focused around a 'Gay Cure' app, posted by a Christian group named Exodus International. Protesters with Truth Wins Out, an anti-discrimination group, have argued that Apple should pull the app. The company has a history of killing apps that elicit anger from large groups of people. True to form, Apple pulled the app today.

The Cupertino-based company's righteous banhammer cuts both ways though. Back in 2009 the South Park team met with rejection when trying to create an app with streaming clips of their show. The infamous cartoon still lacks a streaming iPad app, although several themed games are available in the App Store.

As it turns out, the truth can be just as offensive to Apple as a work of fiction. Late last year they pulled the WikiLeaks app after stating that it didn't bring anything new to the table. While that decision proved controversial, no one really complained when Apple pulled the baby shaking app in April of 2009.

Religious applications have a history of causing trouble for Apple, though. Late last year a Christian group calling themselves "The Manhattan Declaration" launched an app with a quiz that graded users on their "correct" responses to questions like, "Do you support same-sex relationships?"

While apps that push controversial viewpoints are likely to meet an untimely end, Apple doesn't seem to have any issue with religious apps themselves. The iConfess app is still going strong.

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