Apple pulls WikiLeaks app from App Store

Dec 21, 2010
A customer uses an iPad in Sydney on May 2010. Apple said Tuesday it had removed an unofficial WikiLeaks application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from its App Store because it violated its guidelines for software developers.

Apple said Tuesday it had removed an unofficial WikiLeaks application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from its App Store because it violated its guidelines for software developers.

"Apps must comply with all local laws," Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman, told AFP. "It may not put an individual or targeted group in harm's way.

"We removed the WikiLeaks app from the App Store because it violated our developer guidelines," Muller said, declining further comment.

The WikiLeaks application cost 1.99 dollars and provided a mobile version of the WikiLeaks content, which is available on the organization's website for free, and access to its Twitter feed.

It was approved by on December 17 but removed from the App Store on Monday.

The application's developer, Igor Barinov, said in a link on his Twitter feed that he had planned to donate one dollar from each download to WikiLeaks.

Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Amazon and other US companies have withdrawn their services from since it began releasing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables.

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ormondotvos
5 / 5 (3) Dec 21, 2010
Boy, was that stupid on Apple's part...

Let the screams of outrage begin!
dirk_bruere
5 / 5 (5) Dec 21, 2010
Scream of outrage!
Scrap the iPad and iPhone - I'm going for Android.
tigger
5 / 5 (2) Dec 21, 2010
iPhone and iPad is so last year... Android is the source of win these days.
holoman
1.6 / 5 (7) Dec 21, 2010
The only people who like wikileaks are terrorists and
anarchist wanting to cause revolution and destruction.

wikileaks is about as dump a business as there can be.

What does you company do ? Oh we steal confidential information and publish it it to help Al Queda !

I had no reason to buy an Iphone, now I am buying
them for all my family and friends.

Good Job Apple ! Hooray !!

rwinners
1 / 5 (3) Dec 21, 2010
The only people who like wikileaks are terrorists and
anarchist wanting to cause revolution and destruction.
dieseltaylor
5 / 5 (3) Dec 21, 2010
"The only people who like wikileaks are terrorists and anarchist wanting to cause revolution and destruction."

Perhaps you are unaware that Wikileaks also has released documents showing corruption. And the tax-dodging tactics of Barclays Bank. You might even thank it for showing how stupid US security is in controlling its information. And lament that no-one spilled the beans on Wall St. earlier.

You might wonder if it had been around the stupid war in Iraq may never have been started as Govts were shown to be lying about the WMD's. I suppose saving a million lives from preventing countries going to war is not beneficial.

It takes great innocence to believe that Governments ,and businesses, only do good deeds. A population is best served when dark deeds are exposed. Its keeps business and govt. more responsible and honest.

Bog_Mire
5 / 5 (2) Dec 21, 2010
the only people who DONT like wikileaks are those with something naughty to hide. Love the US diplomats reports back home to USSD - shows quite plainly the US machine truly believes itself to be omnipotent and beyond reproach. Eventually the emperor will begin to realize he wears nothing.
DamienS
5 / 5 (3) Dec 22, 2010
We removed the WikiLeaks app from the App Store because it violated our developer guidelines," Muller said.


It was approved by Apple on December 17 but removed from the App Store on Monday.

So they initially approved it despite violating their developer guidelines? There should be a wikiLeak about why they actually removed it.
CHollman82
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 22, 2010
Every App that is posted to the app store has to be reviewed and found appropriate before hand, I know I have published a couple of apps...

So yeah, Apple originally determined that the app was acceptable, and now are pulling it and using the piss poor excuse that it violated guidelines... well too late, you had to have approved it already or it wouldn't have been there in the first place.

Truly shady. I never thought I would see widespread censorship of information in America, my opinion of this country has gone steadily downhill as I have gotten older.
LJS
not rated yet Dec 26, 2010
How soon before wikileaks releases Apple documents?

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