Google Removes ‘Bomb Gaza’ App from Play Store after Severe Criticism
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | August 5, 2014 1:24 PM EST
'Bomb Gaza' application on Google Play, which bright harsh criticism for one of the biggest tech companies in the world, is now withdrawn. Google took the app off as not many users enjoyed the idea of bombing Gaza to be a part of their entertainment.
An Israeli soldier sleeps in a field near the central Gaza Strip July 11, 2014. Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians before dawn on Friday, raising the death toll from the four day offensive to at least 85, while a Palestinian rocket hit a fuel tanker at a Israeli petrol station causing a huge blaze.
The app is designed for the users to drop bombs in Gaza without killing its civilians. The app was installed at least 1,000 times after it had been launched on July 29. There were a number of screenshot available with the description of the app. Israeli aircrafts drop bombs on Hamas "terrorists," and users gain points. The game app, which was "flagged as inappropriate" by several users, is not a part of Google Play anymore since the evening of Monday, August 4.
Google's decision to take the app off its collection comes after several users had found it offensive and insensitive. Many users asked Google authorities to justify the selection of such an app in its database. However, no Google official responded immediately to their appeal. The developer of the app, on the other hand, could not be contacted. The app was eventually removed from the database on Monday.
Several users, nevertheless, were disgusted to find that Google even considered approving such an app. "It is offensive and I am really let down that Google actually allowed this. If this game isn't removed, I'm starting a Google boycott," one user wrote in the review. Some of the other users thought it was "spineless." According to another reviewer, it was "disgusting" that the company had allowed the game in the market. Some others requested Google to withdraw the app from the Play Store.
Users like Iqra Iqbal went a step further in condemning the app as he called it "a violation of human rights." "My beloved brothers and sisters are dying in Gaza and some stupid ignoramus decides to make a game like this," he wrote. Saadat Ali asked everyone to flag the app as inappropriate, which eventually worked as Google had to remove the app.
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