Apple welcomed a wave of criticism from gay rights campaigners since the company approved "gay cure" app that advocates against homosexuality. After more than 146,000 people signed a petition against a “gay cure” app, Apple has removed it from the App Store.
The aim of the app developed by US-based ExodusInternational, is to guide homosexuals on how transfer themselves from homosexuality to heterosexuality.
Apple has given "4+" rating to the app, which was available through company's online app store iTunes for free. The rating shows that the company does not believe that the app contains anything offensive… The App mission was formed the following way: “provide support for individuals who want to recover from homosexuality.”
While U. S. pressure group Change. Org said, "Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app 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 and a counterfeit.", Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out declared that “Apple made a wise and responsible decision to dump an offensive app that demonized gay and lesbian people.”
In a similar situation last year, Apple removed an anti-gay app after 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for its removal. The software mentioned encouraging users to take a stand against gay marriages.
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