December 21, 2010

Wikileaks App Removed By Apple

An official app for iPhone and iPad that allowed readers to view Wikileaks site content and follow the Wikileaks Twitter account on the go has been removed from the Apple app store earlier today.

From the Wikileaks App description:

"The Wikileaks app gives instant access to the world's most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents."

"Apps must comply with all local laws," Trudy Muller told the AFP news agency.

Muller, an Apple spokeswoman says, "We removed the Wikileaks app from the App Store because it violated our developer guidelines."

The paid app was selling Wikileaks content (available for free on the organizations website) for $1.99. Its entry into the app store on December 17th was actually surprising, as Apple is usually quite strict and somewhat vague about its app approval standards.

Corporate biggies Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Bank of America have done their best to disassociate themselves in one way or another from Wikileaks.

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


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