Gay rights groups have lashed out against Apple for allowing an anti-gay app, which claims to 'cure' homosexuality on its iTunes App Store.
The app, which has been created by Florida based Christian organisation Exodus International, offers users a chance to 'cure' their homosexual 'tendencies' with a mixture of news, facts and resources. The app also allegedly attempts to help people to adopt a heterosexual lifestyle.
Apple, which is known for its strict App Store guidelines, has been criticised by users and rights groups alike for allowing an anti-gay app on its platform.
The app, which is available for free from the App Store, has been given a '4+' rating by Apple, which means that, according to the company, the app doesn't contain objectionable content.
Gay rights organisation Truth Wins Out has started a petition on Changes.org, demanding that Apple should remove the application. The petition has already gathered more than 37,000 supporters.
Truth Wins Out’s executive director Wayne Besen, said in a statement, “If Apple does not respond, we will take steps to ensure that Apple meets the victims of ‘ex-gay’ ministries and learns how their lives were destroyed.”
“It is astounding that Apple would allow an app from an organization that promotes gay exorcisms, demonizes LGBT people, and is rejected by every respected mental health association in America,” he added.