Apple removes Intifada app from its App Store

Apple removes controversial iPhone app Intifada from its App Store after complaint by Israeli government claims it glorifies violence against the Jewish state

Apple has removed an iPhone app from its App Store after complaints from the Israeli government that it glorified violence against Israel.

The Third Intifada app which is a term used for violent uprisings against Israel, contained stories and articles that Apple deemed 'offensive'. The free application also contained links to websites that helped to organize recent violent clashes.

Concern over the controversial app was raised when the Israeli minister of public affairs sent  an email to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs which called for the "immediate removal" of the application.

Tom Neumayr, a spokesman for Apple said that the Cupertino company removed the app "because it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people".

Apple recently removed a 'gay cure' app under the same Section 19 on Apple's App Store policy which states: “Apps containing references or commentary about a religious, cultural or ethnic group that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to expose the targeted group to harm or violence will be rejected.”

Questions are now likely to be raised as to how the app made it onto the App Store in the first place with the strict regulations put in place by Apple to keep the bad apps out.

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Link: Guardian

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