tech2 News StaffJan 13, 2015 09:51:55 IST
Apple has approved an app called Je Suis Charlie, which express support for the victims of the terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. 'Je Suis Charlie' is a campaign that has gone viral post the attack and literally translates into "I am Charlie". An alternate hashtag 'Je Suis Ahmed' has also trended on social media, which supports Ahmed, the Muslim police officer who was killed during the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office.
The description for app reads, Because "Je suis Charlie" has become the symbol of freedom of speech whatever your beliefs, your country and your opinions, download the "I am Charlie" app and simply state where you stand on today's world map. We will show we stand united together across the world, "We are all CHARLIE".
9to5mac reports that the French news agency Nice-Matin had emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook to request approval for the app, which is a tedious task and can often take days. However "within ten minutes, an assistant replied promising a review within the next one hour" and the app then went online, notes the report.
The app is fairly simple. It allows people to add their location to a map and thus show their support for the campaign. The map adds a little black balloon with a pencil and a hand symbol, when you click on a particular location.
The developers are hoping that people across the globe will join the campaign. Apple has also shown its support for the movement by adding a 'Je Suis Charlie' footer to its French website.
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