Skip to comments.Apple removes Qanon fringe conspiracy theory application from the App Store
Posted on 07/17/2018 1:17:50 PM PDT by Red Badger
An app meant to keep readers informed about the Qanon conspiracy theory has been removed from the App Store. As first reported by NBC News, the QDrops application would send users alerts for new developments in the theory, but was pulled by Apple on grounds of violations of its App Store Guidelines
QDrops, developed by a husband and wife team from North Carolina, originally launched on iOS back in April and peaked at No. 10 of all paid applications in the App Store and No. 1 in the entertainment category. The app was available for $0.99, which means Apple was taking a cut of all sales.
Following inquires from NBC News, however, Apple removed the application on Sunday. In a statement, a spokeswoman explained that while the App Store supports all points of view, this app violates the App Store Guidelines:
The App Store has always supported all points of view being represented, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions and the quality of the experience is great, Apple spokesperson Stephanie Saffer said in a statement.
We have published clear guidelines that developers must follow in order for their apps to be distributed by the App Store, designed to foster innovation and provide a safe environment to all of our users. We will take swift action to remove any apps that violate our guidelines or the law we take this responsibility very seriously.
NBC explains that the fringe Qanon theory has gained traction among some, including high-profile celebrities such as Roseanne Barr and Sean Hannity. New information on the theory is released in the form of crumbs by someone who claims to have a top-secret government classification.
The central theme of the Qanon conspiracy theory purports that Clinton and many of the worlds politicians and celebrities are members of a murderous child sex ring who have been covertly arrested by a secret police force created by President Donald Trump and are forced to wear ankle bracelets instead of being imprisoned.
While its clear that the QDrops app was successful on iOS based purely on its chart placement, its creators declined to offer specifics. As of right now, the app remains available for $0.99 on the Google Play Store, but is no longer on the App Store though the developers claim to be working with Apple to alleviate any concerns they may have so that we can be put back on the store.
I wasn't aware that Michael Rivero was married.......
Q Alerts still available
Get it while it’s hot
Reason #4324324 why I’ll never buy an Apple. If you’re not jailbroken by the time they pull it, you’ll never have it.
What does that mean, exactly?
Umm - so what was the violation?
It just amazes me how much these articles twist and omit the truth. They love to pick up on speculative side themes and then present them as the whole.
Finding homo cruising spots app still going strong.
If folks want to make an app to share fairy tales like those of the Q cult, they should be free to do so.
No need for Apple’s heavy handed censorship.
purely political move. How many flat earth apps do they have?
Obviously everyone will assume it is politically motivated, but Apple is notoriously strict that developers follow their user interface standards precisely. That is why every Mac or iOS application has similar style menus, keyboard shortcuts, etc. So it could be that they messed up with something along those lines and that is why it got pulled.
Time named Q one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet.
I wouldn’t call that “fringe”...
This will just make Q bigger. When you censor something it becomes bigger.
Its called the Streisand effect.
I wonder how many antiTrump apps are allowed to fly?
An aside ... why don’t they remove Watchmaker for the Apple Watch ... it is click bait and has never worked even though they (the developers) continue to say it does.
Since when? I just red pilled one of my employees and she downloaded the app about 2 hours ago...and has been in and out of my office asking questions ever since. I finally had to tell her to read drops at home and text me her questions. LOL.
Maybe the developers got Apple to put it back...................
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