The free app, created by a ministry group known as Exodus International, was given a 4+ rating from Apple, according to Mashable. The group's website says that it reaches out "to individuals who are struggling with unwanted homosexuality," and that their app gives users access to social media, news and podcasts -- as well as "real stories."
However, gay rights groups say that Exodus International violates Apple community guidelines because it's "offensive, mean-spirited or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm's way," and one of the groups, Truth Wins Out is now circulating an online petition to get Apple to remove the app from its App Store. The petition has already garnered more than 121,000 electronic signatures.
Although Apple hasn't responded to the allegations, an Exodus International spokeswoman said, "Our hope is that Apple will allow the application to remain on its iTunes platform, representing a tolerance of religious beliefs."
The odd part of this is that the App Store is known for its rigorous vetting process for apps. So, how does an app that promotes ridding oneself of homosexuality not get flagged? While many criticize the openness of the Android Market which can lead to possible hacking or malware, Apple's App Store is meant to be a closely watched store with no offensive material, but can also distribute anti-gay apps. So, as far as I can tell, both markets have downsides.