Israel Asks Apple To Remove App That Might Foster Violence And Hate
There is an app that the Israeli government is requesting that Apple pull from the store that they said is potentially fostering violence against Israel. The app name is called ThirdIntifada.
According to the Yahoo News post, it is an Arabic term for varying degrees of uprisings against Israel. I only said varying because, while I know a lot of it is violent, I don't know if all of it is. Semantics aside, I do believe in the freedom of speech and religion to a point.
Doing a quick check on iTunes, the app has received three stars with no reviews to read from. Plus, just about everything is in Arabic, including screen shots so I have no idea what it's saying.
The request to remove the app came from Israel's information minister to Steve Jobs.
I am bringing this up because from Yahoo's post, I am not able to corroborate the claims. I guess I have grown not to take anything we read at face value. Could be the Yahoo post is as it says or that the AP writer is too lazy to doing any fact checking before posting this. We've been examples of such in the past.
But if true, I sincerely hope Apple examines this issue carefully. I think lots of governments and Apple competitors are watching to see just how plays out.
Source: Yahoo News.