Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store

WikiLeaks AppLooks like Apple has joined the club of not wanting to touch WikiLeaks with a ten-foot pole. Alexia Tsotsis writes on TechCrunch:

Looks like an unofficial iPhone and iPad app that let you view WikiLeaks site content and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account on the go has been removed from the App app store earlier today. The app used to be available here (here’s the Google cache).

From the WikiLeaks App’s description: “The Wikileaks app gives instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents.”

Basically the paid app was selling WikiLeaks content (available for free) for $1.99. Its entry into the app store on December 17th was actually surprising, as Apple is usually quite strict and somewhat vague about its app approval standards. WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange are quite controversial, to put it lightly but I’m not sure if the app directly violated anything in Apple’s TOS.

In the past couple of weeks corporate biggies Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Bank of America have all tried to disassociate themselves in one way or another from WikiLeaks. If this isn’t some kind of glitch, Apple has plenty company.

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  • Haystack

    Emmanuel Goldstein fail.

  • Haystack

    Emmanuel Goldstein fail.

  • Honu

    I guess it’s just another sign that Apple no longer identifies with the underdog. Corporate interests rule again.

  • Honu

    I guess it’s just another sign that Apple no longer identifies with the underdog. Corporate interests rule again.

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