Apple has announced the reason behind its decision to close down the unofficial WikiLeaks app. The response is vague and confusing.
According to The Business Insider, Apple stated:
“We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harms way.”
When asked what individual or target was put in harms way, Apple provided no follow up.
The unofficial WikiLeaks app served one purpose: it reposted articles from the WikiLeaks website.
Sounds like Apple is playing a game of censorship. Troubling news considering much of what is written or released by a free press today targets people or groups in one form or another.
Is calling Apple’s response “confusing” and “censorship” grounds to have the AppAdvice app pulled from the App Store? What about the Huffington Post app which regularly “targets” conservative politicians? Or the Fox News app which is often accused of going after liberal politicians? You get the idea.
Apple is playing a dangerous game.
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