Apple accepted marijuana-related social media app MassRoots on the App Store but limits its access to states where the drug is legal
On Friday, Apple accepted a social app for cannabis users under the condition that the app features a mandatory geo-location feature. Through a petition, the app’s makers and activist groups convinced Apple to allow the controversial app. MassRoots offered thanks to Apple in a note. The app maker commended the Cupertino-based tech giant for showing support to the socially-progressive movement and for setting an example.
Apple joins the changing times
The company also hopes to continue working to create change with Apple. The new app was designed to show cannabis users how to consume the product safely and legally. MassRoots also plans to add more features and updates to the app sometime in the near future.
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As more Americans shift attitudes and accept marijuana as a lifestyle choice, businesses strive to reach a new market. Twenty-three states have legalized marijuana for health and lifestyle reasons. That list of states includes California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon.
Apple’s App Store makes news this week
Apple’s ever-growing App Store frequently made the news this week. The App Store recently accepted a controversial game app that made fun of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Earlier this month, the app was deemed inappropriate by Apple for making fun of a political figure. The app maker responded with an appeal and got approval.
Apple also made a key change in the App Store policy that affects game developers, or more specifically, game developers who put guns in their games. Apple will reject games with screenshots of guns being used in the game. The policy change came to public knowledge when one game developer noticed that Apple rejected his game after an update. Gunslugs 2 initially debuted weeks before the update, and it included the same screenshots. A website called PocketGamer later took a closer look into the matter and discovered it was not a policy change but was more of a current policy enforcement.