Apple decided to remove an app from iTunes that purported to "cure" gay people. The developers, Exodus International, a group that defines itself as a “nonprofit, interdenominational ‘ex-gay’ Christian organization,” got the app past Apple's initial preapproval and even scored a 4+ rating in February. But after 150,000 people signed a petition calling it "hateful and bigoted," it was removed last night. Jeff Buchanan of Exodus International said, “There is a lot of misinformation and propaganda floating around about the Intent and the purpose of the app.” Of course, Buchanan neglected to mention that at least one researcher asked Apple to remove the app because Exodus grossly distorted his research. Although Apple's retraction came after the fact, it's nice to see the company's typically hyperactive decency standards being considered in cases that are actually objectionable — instead of, say, women's nipples.
Photo: Exodus International