Apple’s reason for removing the app might not be the whole truth if the admission in the recent email exchange between an iTunes Support Senior Advisor and a user at the Apple Discussion forum would turn out to be true, a representative of Human Coalition told us.
In October, Apple removed the Human Coalition app from the App Store for violations of certain functionality requirements.
Pro-life organization, Human Coalition, previously said they spoke with Apple and showed that the cited functionality requirements exceeded expectations and functioned better than other similar apps. They asked the iPhone maker for a specific improvement in order to reinstate the app and said Apple was “unable or unwilling to identify” it.
A complete revamp of the app was instead asked, which was not feasible for Human Coalition based on the expenses needed to modify it. The Human Coalition app remains removed from the App Store for reasons unclear.
However, a recent exchange between an iTunes Support Senior Advisor and an Apple product user stated that the Human Coalition app “was pulled in order to ease tension” among those who supported it and those who did not.
Jerad, who was apparently looking for the app, showed the following email exchange he had with Rene, an iTunes Support Senior Advisor:
It is my understanding that the app you want to download “Human Coalition” is no longer available on the App Store and you’d like to have it added back to the catalog of apps. I am sure that you are looking forward to getting this issue resolved knowing how valuable your time is. I’ll do my best to assist you with this, and provide information with regard to this concern.
Please be advised that the app was pulled in order to ease tension between the people who support it and those who don’t. You may leave your feedback in order to have the app added again similar to what Laralene said in her email. If you no longer have the link, here it is again.
Apple Feedback page:http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html
You can also contact Corporate Customer Care at the address below.
Apple Inc ATTN: Customer Care 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA. 95014
Regards,ReneiTunes Support Senior Advisor
Human Coalition created the app in an effort “to pray for abortion-determined families as they walk through their decision process.” In July, Apple notified them that their app was removed from the App Store, at a time when certain abortion-rights bloggers and writers called out the app.
“This admission, if true, would confirm that Apple’s narrative about finding fault with the app technology was not the whole truth. As a reminder, Apple pulled the Human Coalition app directly on the heels of pro-abortion media attacks specifically aimed at the app, and Apple never took issue with our app technology in the four years leading up to the media attacks,” a spokesperson told us.
Human Coalition has set up a page that petitioned Apple to restore the Human Coalition Prayer App to the App Store.
As of this writing, Apple has not yet issued a statement and their comments are still being sought.