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Apple bans gay ‘cure’ iPhone app but it remains in Google Play store for Android users

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  1. Despite the fact that Apple has now banned the app. and hopefully will remove it for download, damage has been done to every GLBT individual and our community in general. Apple’s actions smack of corporate irresponsibility.

    The BSA is now facing the removal of tax exempt status in California (or at least the threat of it), because of its blatant discrimination. Corporations such as Apple are concerned with only one thing and that is making money. If governments truly want to eradicate this type of behaviour then they should impose extremely large fines on companies such as Apple. They could call it an “inequalities tax”. As Apple is a large multinational corporation, a $100 million dollar fine would be appropriate (or even suspending trading of their shares for a certain period). Apps such as this one would be a thing of the past. A government need only make an example of one to ensure that all corporations would fall into line very quickly.

    They have to be hit were it hurts.

    1. ShinyDayEveryone 31 May 2013, 1:47am

      Agree. Sad that BSA only changed their policy when their donations were impacted. How the f— is that showing kids how to be leaders!?!?

      Like the Limbaugh advertisers, we need to make it hurt their wallets. That seems to be the ONLY thing they care about.

      Christians, my a–. It’s like they are made of hate

    2. Is it wise to fine the operator of an app store?

      As Rovex has said, “The difference between the Apple store and Google Play is that Google reactively moderate their store, so these things sneak in and need to be reported, whereas apple actively approve apps before they are listed.”

      Once Apple learned of it, they immediately removed it; Google are yet to do so. With your “inequalities tax”, Apple would be fined IF it got through, but Google would be fined every single time an app such as this was uploaded to the store. That would be a sure-fire way of bankrupting Google – just upload an app that promotes ‘reparative therapy’, BANG, $100m fine. Do it again, BANG, another $100m fine…

      Mistakes happen. I doubt the reviewer at Apple who let this get into the store read all the text in the app. You would have to fine them if they DON’T remove an app, and what company is going to happily accept a $100m fine, rather than remove an app from their store?

  2. ShinyDayEveryone 31 May 2013, 1:42am

    Should be illegal. Hate like this causes too much sorrow in so many ways.

    I searched for it to slam them in a review but couldn’t find it for Kindle Fire (which is Droid OS)

    1. Don’t worry about it. Rest assured they are being slammed on the Google Play store. 100+ 1-star reviews, 22 5-star reviews, and at least half of those 5-star reviews were taking the piss.

      1. ShinyDayEveryone 31 May 2013, 2:18am

        Good to hear!! I always find it interesting that people who are tech savvy and more educated in general, tend to be more inclusive of LGBTs. I worked with hundreds of MDs and PhDs and being gay or lesbian was never an issue.

  3. The difference between the Apple store and Google Play is that Google reactively moderate their store, so these things sneak in and need to be reported, whereas apple actively approve apps before they are listed.

    Someone at Apple actively reviewed and approved this app, remember that.

    1. Chester666666 31 May 2013, 8:23am

      and then someone else removed it

      1. After getting bad press, which Apple is starting to realise it isnt immune to.

    2. Indeed, this is not the first time either that an app of this nature has made it onto the Apple App Store.

      You would have hoped that they would have learned their lesson from the first app the was released some time ago

    3. This happens all the time, though, and not just to apps that are controversial. Apps that should be rejected get approved and apps that should be approved get rejected, and it takes an appeal by the developer or public pressure to get it all straightened out. The problem is that the app store team is badly understaffed for the volume of apps they process, and the guidelines they work from are vague.

  4. To everyone reading who has an Android device with the Google Play store installed, this is how YOU can HELP:

    Step 1: Go to the Play store, search for “Setting Captives Free”, and install it. The app doesn’t seem to have any malware/viruses, but installing it is necessary for…

    Step 2: Leave a one star review. I’m sure you can think of your own things to say, but if you’re out of ideas, you may want to include that this “reparative therapy” has been proven to be harmful.

    Step 3: At the very bottom of the Play Store page for the app is a button labelled “Flag as inappropriate”. Press this button, and make your complaint. Personally I chose “Other objection” rather than “Hateful content”, as whether it’s hateful could be ambiguous, but “Other objection” allowed me to restate that the therapy promoted has been proven to be psychologically very harmful.

    Hopefully enough complaints will make Google notice, and act. If not, the one star reviews will push the app’s score down even lower.

    1. Oh, and if you don’t own an Android device, there are various free Android emulators out there for most operating systems, including Google’s official Android development kit. These emulated Androids should either come with the Play Store or allow it to be installed (the Play Store is just another app), and creating a Play Store account is pretty easy. Don’t worry if this seems like too much hassle, this is just advice for those who really really want to help but don’t have an Android device :)

  5. how was it supposed to work?

  6. The reviews are pretty funny

    “After using this app, my desire for hot man meat has only increased!”

    and

    “Still want to suck c@cks”

  7. Har Davids 31 May 2013, 8:07pm

    Can’t someone just make an App that helps cure people of their religious ballast, be they gay or straight? I’m not nerdy enough to this by myself, but I would love to contribute, if only for the fun of it.

  8. I have been freed from the terrible bondage of homosexuality! So, what’s the problem with the app?

    1. I am not a homosexual, to start will. I don’t know what causes homosexual, and I don’t care. The only thing I know is what the Word of God says about homosexual. The Word of God says that it is sinful for a man to lay down with another man and so on. From that stand point I am against homosexual. You can live your life the way you want to as long as it don’t interfere with my life. That will be for you and God. But remember there is a judgment day coming. It is up to you to decide where you will spend eternity.

  9. “you do not have a ‘homosexual gene,’ nor were you born this way with no hope of freedom. You can be set free from the bondage of homosexuality”

    This language does not have to be dealing with sexual orientation or changing one’s sexual orientation as the article states.

    It could be talking about sexual behavior when it talks about homosexuality. In that case, it is not fraudulent as religious commitment can
    override many sexual drives.

    I am not a fan of this app, especially since it is vague about orientation. I also happen to believe that genetic influences from birth is one of the causes of sexual orientation. I also expect that if I could read the author’s mind he probably does thing that he can cure orientation as well.
    But as this is not clear, I think that gay activists and Apple make a mistake in not allowing the buyer to make this choice. When a commercial in Jamaica was recently banned for tolerating gays it was wrong to censor it, and I think this is similar.

  10. john lyttle 4 Jun 2013, 4:15pm

    The perfect camp Christmas present.

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