Apple Removes 'Gay-Cure' App After Petition

Apple has finally removed the 'anti-gay' app from the iTunes App Store after gay rights groups criticised the company for allowing it on its platform.

The app, developed by a Christian organisation, Exodus International, claimed to be able to 'cure' homosexuality using various facts, teaching and other resources. Apple was criticised for approving the app and even giving it a '4+' rating, which means it does not contain 'objectionable content'.

The gay rights group Truth Wins Out started an online petition on Change.com, to pressurise Apple to remove the app, which received more than 100,000 supporters.

When news of the app first broke, Dr Gary Remafedi, director of Youth and AIDS Projects, came forward and claimed that Exodus had distorted his study and misrepresented certain findings from it on the app.

Remafedi said in a letter to Apple that the app “erroneously cites my research in support of claims that homosexuality can be changed." He added, "Associating my work with that of the ex-gay ministry and other unfounded treatments is professionally injurious and grievous.” Remafedi claims that Apple responded to the letter saying it was 'on it'.

The app was pulled from the App Store last night without any official explanation.