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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Apple bans Wikileaks App

The unofficial Wikileaks app made a combined use of the sites Twitter feed and information, allowing users to search both.

Despite the removal of the application this is something that can still be carried out easily using the Twitter and Safari apps.

"Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or targeted group in harm's way", an Apple spokeswoman told Wired's Threat Level Blog.

The application had donated half of the money it made to the Wikileaks site. Priced at £1.29, the app's description read: "The truth is now available in your iPhone and iPad: the WikiLeaks app gives instant access to the world's most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents."

Apple routinely removes application from the App store without public comment. The Guardian however has suggested that it could perhaps have been the in-app donations that led to its dismissal from the application store. Apple has a strict stance on the way that money is donated to charities, only allowing either safari or text messages to make payments.

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