MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Apple, Inc. has removed an app from its online store after a University of Minnesota sexuality professor said it was manipulating his research to support the idea that homosexuality can be changed.
Dr. Gary Remafedi, director of the Youth and AIDS project sent a letter to Apple, saying the app “erroneously cites my research in support of claims that homosexuality can be changed.”
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The company that created the app, Exodus International, said the app was a useful resource for men and women struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Another organization, “Truth Wins Out,” launched a petition drive against the app, saying it had received more than 145,000 signatures.
Remafedi said he was pleased with Apple’s decision but said it is just the tip of the iceberg, because it reveals the problem of controlling what content is allowed on devices such as the smart phone.
“The reason the problem came up is that there are not very clear standards about making those decisions,” he said.
Apple said they removed the Exodus app from the online store because it violated their guidelines of being offensive to large groups of people.