Google removes conversion therapy app from Play Store

Google has removed a gay conversion therapy application from a religious group called Living Hope Ministries from the Play Store after vocal protests from a wide range of groups, including thousands of Internet users, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, and more recently, The Human Rights Campaign, as reported by Axios .

The elimination of the application comes just one day after Google was suspended from the Corporate Equality Index of the Human Rights Campaign (which classifies workplaces in the general equality of LGBTQ) due to the refusal of Google to delete the application.

Google is the last important technology company to eliminate the application: in December, both Apple and Amazon removed the applications from their respective application stores, but the application remained active in the Google store until this week. At that time, the call to Google to remove the application had become much stronger. A Change.org petition requesting the removal of the application reached more than 142,000 signatures; to compare, Apple's focused request against the application reached only 356 signatures before Apple acted to eliminate it.

Conversion therapy, which pseudoscientifically claims that a person's sexuality can be changed from homosexual to direct, and that has been widely discredited in numerous studies, has been banned in 15 states.

In a statement published in Axios Google explained: "After consulting with external advocacy groups, reviewing our policies and making sure we had in-depth knowledge of the application and its relation to conversion therapy , we decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores. "

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