Apple pulls Wikileaks app
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 21 Dec 2010 at 09:19
Apple has risked the wrath of Wikileaks supporters by removing an app for the contents of the whistle-blowing site's recent disclosures.
The app charged $1.99 for access to the embassy cable leaks, which are available for free from various sites around the web. It first appeared on the App Store on 17 December but is no longer available.
There's no word from Apple on why it took down the app, but the move could spark a reaction from the pro-Wikileaks hacktivists who have previously retaliated against sites and companies deemed to be acting against the organisation with denial of service attacks.
However, customer reviews suggest the takedown is no great loss, which was criticised for lack of content and depth.
“This app is just a wrapper for the mobile website,” said Murdock1450 on a Google cached version of the app info from before it was pulled.
“There is no access to the actual released documents and a Twitter feed doesn't count as up to date information.”
Apple becomes "The Man"
What am I saying? That happened years ago.
So much for pirate flags and "Think Different".
By Lacrobat on 21 Dec 2010
Sometimes I think Apple just runs a script that takes down random apps for no reason.
The pirate ways of Steve Jobs were only good enough to create just another string of conformism under the Apple dictatorship.
By Austerus on 21 Dec 2010
These comments are too kind to Apple
There are only two issues here: 1) Control and money and 2) Money and Control.
You send them more cash for an application...and they will gladly take it.
In a few days they will have an "upgrade" and they will charge you more. It's like a pit of quick sand. Pour in more money...they want more.
Apple is now USD $323/share from USD $7.11/share in 2001. The share price tells what is really going on with a market cap closing in one three hundred billion dollars. When do we see one trillion?
By Sir_Reginald on 21 Dec 2010
Seems there is app for everything these days ;)
By inlevel on 22 Dec 2010
return of the count?
whats the problem? its just governments wanting information removed from the internet, ... nothing to see here.
By jonnal on 23 Dec 2010
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