A petition has been started to remove Setting Captives Free, a mobile app that purports to help people escape the vice-like grip of their vices — including homosexuality — from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
The petition, by LGBT rights advocacy group All Out, has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures and within 24 hours of its creation, Apple removed the app from iTunes:
To: The Apple App Review Board and the Google Development Team
Reject all harmful apps from your stores that try to ‘cure’ people of being gay.
Practices that try to change people’s sexual orientation have been denounced by the American Psychiatric Association, Pan-American Health Organization and many governments. Make sure your stores aren’t promoting this kind of dangerous hate.[…]
Apple and Google have policies against these kinds of apps but so far this one has escaped their notice. Sign now to tell them to drop this and all other gay ‘cure’ apps!
In 2011, Apple removed an app from “nonprofit, interdenominational ‘ex-gay’ Christian organization,” Exodus International that promised to “cure” homosexuality after receiving a petition signed by 150,000 people.
Meanwhile, with Apple already on board, All Out needs half that number before Google hopefully takes notice.