updated 01:40 pm EST, Thu November 24, 2011
Groups say Apple has solved possible anti-Semitism
A coalition of four anti-racism groups said Thursday that it had dropped a lawsuit against Apple in France for hosting a controversial app claimed to be anti-Semitic. Attorney Stephane Lilti said Apple's decision to pull the app, "Juif ou pas Juif" ("Jew or Not Jew"), had solved the issue. While they believed the app was potentially racist in singling out Jewish celebrities, they had cited a French law banning the aggregation of sensitive details about people without permission.
The app had for a time still been available outside of France for some time but was eventually removed in "all countries," Lilti said.
France's law was created to prevent a repeat of ethnic targeting from World War II and has been adapted to discourage homophobia and other practices no longer considered acceptable.
In irony, the app had been developed by a Jew, Johann Levy, who saw it as a joke between fellow Jews who regularly wondered whether or not certain famous people were Jewish. [via AP]