Google pulls out anti-gay conversation therapy app from Play Store

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Google has eliminated a homosexual conversion therapy app from a spiritual group known as Living Hope Ministries in the Play Store after vocal protests from a vast assortment of classes, including thousands of internet consumers, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, and most lately, that the Human Rights Campaign, since reported by Axios.

The elimination of this app comes only a day after Google was suspended in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (which rates offices on total LGBTQ equality) because of Google’s then-refusal to take out the app.

Google is the last significant technology company to remove the app, back in December, both Apple and Amazon eliminated the apps from their various app shops, but the app stayed live on Google’s shop until this week. In that moment, the telephone for Google to take out the app was gotten dramatically louder. A Change.org petition asking that the app be removed attained over 142,000 signatures — for contrast, the Apple-focused request against the app reached only 356 signatures until Apple acted to eliminate it.

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Conversion therapy — that pseudo-scientifically asserts that an individual’s sexuality can be changed from gay to straight during therapy, and that has been widely discredited in a lot of research — was prohibited in 15 countries .

“We applaud Google for making the right decision to pull this app from their online store,” Chad Griffin, HRC’s president, said in a statement. 

“So-called conversion therapy is a debunked practice that’s tantamount to child abuse and is proven to have dangerous consequences for its victims.” 

Articles available on the app, when accessed on Thursday by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, included “Keys to Recovery from Same-Sex Attractions”, which featured advice such as “accept that you must make sacrifices to be free and healthy”. 

In a statement published to Axios, Google explained,“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.”

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