September 19, 2017

Apple axes Assange and WikiLeaks

Apple bites WikiLeaks - Corporate America doing its bit to help out Uncle Sam.

Apple Inc has joined the bandwagon of US companies that are sucking up to the US government and severing ties with WikiLeaks.

Apple has removed an application from its online store that gave users access to the WikiLeaks website’s content.

Google has not buckled yet though and still advertises more than half a dozen Android applications that help mobile users access the WikiLeaks stash of ex-confidential US State Department documents.

I guess when you are only the second biggest mobile application behind Apple then that is enough of an incentive to keep giving the public what they want, even if it might get them labelled ‘unpatriotic’.

In recent weeks, a host of companies like Amazon, Paypal and Bank of America have withdrawn services from WikiLeaks.

But in a backlash against organisations that have cut off the site, cyberactivists have taken to targeting companies like Visa which are now seen as enemies of WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released on bail last week from a jail in Britain, where he is fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sexual offenses.

Apple PR people justified their action saying “We removed the WikiLeaks App from the App Store because it violated our developer guidelines. Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or targeted group in harm’s way.”

So Apple what laws has WikiLeaks broken exactely? The only individual in harms way here seems to be Julian Assange and the only group that is targeted is WikiLeaks. Newswarped’s hypocracy meter is sounding its alarm and the reading is going off the chart.