Apple has withdrawn the Manhattan Declaration app from its online software store, after it sparked a tide of protest objecting to its ‘homophobic’ content.
The application is the work of a Christian grass roots movement, which opposes what it describes as society’s drive to “redefine” marriage as anything other than “the union of one man and one woman”.
Until yesterday Manhattan Declaration was available in the US version of the App Store. However, in the wake of a massive online petition organised by Change.org which dubbed it as “anti-gay”, Apple has removed it from sale.
Commenting on the decision, Apple stated: "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."
A good thing, for sure. But questions must be asked why the application was allowed into the App Store in the first place. And furthermore, why it took a 7,000-strong petition for Apple to do anything about it.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve been bemused by what goes on with Cupertino’s App Store gatekeepers, CF: the Babyshaker and iMussolini farragoes, which both stood out for their weapons-grade levels of offensiveness. For the skinny on the market’s most controversial moments and worst-ever fails, check our top ten round-up.