WikiLeaks App Gets Ousted From Apple’s AppStore

Igor Barinov, developer of the WikiLeaks app, has received notification that Apple has removed his controversial app from their AppStore. It stores no content and doesn’t break any apparent laws it merely gives easy access to diplomatic cables that were provided by WikiLeaks and the ability to follow their Twitter account. The app was available for 3 days for $1.99 before it was taken down.

It is quite possible that the reason Apple removed it is because in accordance with their ToS and policy on donations (Section 21), an application has to be free in order to collect donations and they can only be collected in specific ways. Hopefully this is not another take-down for being closely “related” to WikiLeaks, and the author can re-submit his application with in-app donations.