Apple has pulled a so called ‘gay cure’ app from the iTunes App Store after more than 150,000 people signed an online petition for the removal of the controversial Exodus International application.
Listed as offering users “freedom from homosexuality,” the Exodus International app from the religious ministry of the same name has vanished from the App Store just days after sparking a global outcry. Despite being listed in the application retail outlet since February 15th, it was only this week that the app came to the public attention.
Declaring itself as "the world's largest worldwide ministry to those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction," Exodus International has attracted widespread attention from gay rights activists and the general public with Apple being lambasted for deeming an app that “is committed to encouraging, educating and equipping the Body of Christ to address the issue of homosexuality with grace and truth,” as containing “no objectionable content.”
Speaking with CNET Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr reportedly confirmed the removal of the Exodus International app stating it was taken down as"it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."