Why would Apple drop from its App Store a smartphone application that had drawn high praise from users and reviewers, generated thousands of downloads and provided rigorously documented facts on an important topic?
Hint: It has nothing to do with praise or downloads.
The answer surely lies in the app’s subject matter, which is drawn from the book “Inconvenient Facts – the science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know<https://inconvenientfacts.xyz/>”. (Another hint: Al Gore is on Apple’s board of directors<https://www.apple.com/leadership/>.)
Yes, it appears that Apple has chosen to weaponize its control over purchasing apps to stifle science that doesn’t conform to its politically correct notions. On March 4, the Inconvenient Facts smartphone app was removed from its store after having more than 7,500 downloads since its mid-February launch.
The app contains more than 70 useful science-based charts and diagrams derived from well-respected sources such as NASA, NOAA or peer-reviewed studies. The information provided is a powerful tool that counters the “consensus” of catastrophic man-made warming using science, facts and data. Each of the 60 inconvenient facts in the book are listed along with explanatory text and often with a video created specifically for the individual fact.
Response to the app’s release was remarkable. Downloads of the app are nearing 13,000 (including the Android version) in the three weeks since it was released. The launch was made during a nearly 30-minute interview<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ebHXQkINk0> with Glenn Beck on The Blaze TV.
“You can go to the app and it will help you with the charts and the graphs and everything is sourced, and everything is triple checked to make sure that it is exactly right. Its there on your phone,” said Beck.
Two high-profile reviews praised the app as a tool to use to combat the many myths of apocalyptic climate change. Author and radio host Chris Salcedo said<https://www.lifezette.com/2019/02/the-inconvenient-facts-about-global-warming-that-al-gore-does-not-want-us-to-know/> that the app was “sure to interrupt the agenda of Marxists attempting to use fear of the fantasy of man-made global warming to advance their dark designs.”
Author Bryan Crabtree’s post was aptly titled “Hammering Nails Into Man-Made Global Warming’s Coffin.”<https://clashdaily.com/2019/02/hammering-nails-into-man-made-global-warmings-coffin/> Bryan had this to say: “Simply put, the app is amazing…The book is great, but the app is actually more powerful, in that I see that this can be a game-changer in the debate.”
Was a possible changing of the game more than Apple could tolerate?
Having approved the app for sale February 3, Apple removed it just a month later. It is nearly unheard of for an app to be taken down after approval except for offensive or objectionable content.
In a blog posting, tech-writer Adam Rowe listed five reasons for Apple<https://tech.co/news/5-reasons-app-banned-apple-2018-09> to ban an app, none of which apply in this case.
In its notice of rejection, Apple acknowledged that there “are no hard and fast rules to define useful or entertaining” but that the app failed to provide “compelling content.” It appears that at least 12,000 people deemed the app sufficiently compelling to download.
A cursory review of pro-climate alarmist offerings available at the App Store reveal a bevy of horribly designed apps with limited “compelling content”. Although their quality is that of failed Middle School science projects, they obviously regurgitate the accepted narrative of climate alarmists.
As the author, I take small comfort in knowing that what we created was so effective that Apple found it necessary to take this extraordinary step to silence us.
I can only imagine some sandals-wearing 20-something with a man-bun sitting at his cubicle in Cupertino gleefully hitting the “reject” button for this powerful app. Or, was the culprit a 70-year-old former vice president and inventor of the internet?
(The app is still available for users of Android devices at the Google Play Store<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inconvenientapp.inconvenientapp>.)