As promised, here’s the statement from Apple over the removal of the Exodus International “gay cure” app.
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said Wednesday:
“We removed the Exodus International app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.” (Emphasis ours).
It’s short and sweet — but opens up a big can of worms for other groups or companies who may have apps approved that later are targeted as offensive to “large groups of people.” In the case of removing the Manhattan Declaration, a “large group” was about 6,700 online signatures, for Exodus it reached 150,000.
Apple has never re-instated an offensive app after pulling it — but I suspect there will be some backlash on this one.