Apple removes Intifada app after Israeli request

JERUSALEM Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:37am EDT

The Apple Inc. logo is seen in the lobby of New York City's flagship Apple store January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The Apple Inc. logo is seen in the lobby of New York City's flagship Apple store January 18, 2011.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Apple Inc has removed at Israel's request an Arabic-language application from its iTunes store that called for a Palestinian uprising, an Israeli government statement said on Thursday.

Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein wrote to Apple on Tuesday, complaining that the "ThirdIntifada" application -- a reference to a future uprising -- conveyed information about protests, some violent, planned against Israel.

A statement issued by Edelstein's ministry on Thursday welcomed "Apple's swift action" in removing the application and praised the company's decision as "another important step in preventing violent incitement in the new media."

A search for "ThirdIntifada" in the iTunes store found no matches.

The application offered users a stream of news stories and editorials in Arabic, announced upcoming protests and included links to nationalistic Palestinian videos and songs.

Edelstein said the developers of the application had opened a similar page on Facebook three months ago that called for an uprising against Israel through the use of lethal force.

He said he had complained to Facebook, which subsequently removed the page.

In the ministry statement announcing Apple's move, Edelstein was quoted as saying the company, like Facebook, "had proven it shared values that stand in opposition to violence, incitement and terror."

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller and Ari Rabinovitch; editing by Crispian Balmer)

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Comments (3)
deavman wrote:
When calls for violence are made on a social network or any other Medium, requests should not have to be made. The logical step would be to remove them immediately. On the other hand, if violence is not called upon but peaceful protests is the chosen method, then no newspapers, media outlet or other digital form should never have to bow to even the most powerful government entity, including the U.S.

Jun 23, 2011 4:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
d3v wrote:
So much for free speech. Meanwhile the hate speech pages targeted at Muslims remain online on Facebook.

Jun 23, 2011 5:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
deavman wrote:
@d3v
Free speech is a right if not a duty. The Intifada3 was calling to slaughter Jews. Free speech doesn’t apply.Anti-Muslim pages as far as I know do not call for violence, thus making them perfectly legitimate.

Jun 23, 2011 7:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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