Google has finally come around and removed the controversial anti-gay app called “conversion therapy” from the Play Store today. The company faced pressure from gay-rights lobbyists that led to the removal of the app from Google's application store.
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The app was developed by Living Hope Ministries, a religious group that was started 30 years ago. HRC, a prominent LGBTQ rights organisation has an index which measures equality in corporations. It's called the Corporate Equality Index and it included a footnote that was still available to download on Google Play Store. In the report it said
“… Conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide,” the HRC wrote in its index. “Pending remedial steps by the company to address this app that can cause harm to the LGBTQ community, the [Corporate Equality Index] rating is suspended.”
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The decision to remove the app came 24 hours after the report excluded a rating for Google in the equality index. “After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we've decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores," a Google spokesman said in a statement.
Google had previously scored a perfect 100 score on the index however this was the first time in 17 years the rating had been withheld for the company. Apple removes the controversial app in December 2018 from the App Store and Amazon followed suit as well. The app was available on the Play Store as of yesterday but has now been removed.