'Apple pushed me towards homosexuality': Russian man files lawsuit against tech giant, claims it caused him moral harm

'Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm,' the complaint said.

Agence France-Presse October 03, 2019 22:03:17 IST
'Apple pushed me towards homosexuality': Russian man files lawsuit against tech giant, claims it caused him moral harm
  • A Russian man has filed a lawsuit against Apple for moral harm claiming that an iPhone app had turned him gay.

  • The man filed suit in a Moscow court asking for one million rubles ($15,000).

  • His lawyer Sapizhat Gusnieva insisted the case was serious, telling AFP that her client was 'scared, he suffered'.

Moscow: A Russian man has filed a lawsuit against Apple for moral harm claiming that an iPhone app had turned him gay, according to a copy of the complaint seen by AFP.

The man filed suit in a Moscow court asking for one million rubles ($15,000) after an incident this summer in which a cryptocurrency called "GayCoin" was delivered via a smartphone app, rather than the Bitcoin he had ordered.

His lawyer Sapizhat Gusnieva insisted the case was "serious," telling AFP that her client was "scared, he suffered".

Apple pushed me towards homosexuality Russian man files lawsuit against tech giant claims it caused him moral harm

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The GayCoin cryptocurrency arrived with a note saying, "Don't judge until you try," according to the complaint.

"I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships," the complainant wrote.

"Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents... my life has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again," he added.

"Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm."

Apple's representatives in Russia did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

Gusnieva said the US technology giant "has a responsibility for their programmes" despite the alleged exchange taking place on a third-party app.

The suit was filed on 20 September and the court will hear the complaint on 17 October, according to information on its website.

Homophobia is widespread in Russia where reports of rights violations and attacks on LGBT people are common, though there are gay scenes in major cities.

Moscow in 2013 introduced a law against "gay propaganda", which officially bans the "promotion of non-traditional lifestyles to minors" but in effect outlaws LGBT activism.

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