AppGratis starts petition after App Store removal

AppGratis starts petition after App Store removal
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

April 15th 2013 at 3:54PM

App discovery platform pulled by Apple gets 400,000 emails of support

The French company behind AppGratis, a discovery platform that was pulled by Apple from its App Store, has launched a petition to contest the removal and convince the distributor to change its mind.

Apple reported removed the title on April 6th for violating two of its App Store guidelines. The app direct user to free and paid-for apps, help developers reach users they may not have otherwise.

Now its makers have called on the apps’ user base to save it.

Speaking to PocketGamer.biz, CEO Simon Dawlat said the decision to involve the AppGratis community was made because the platform’s foundations are in its user base.

“We reached out to our users and asked for their public support because it's important everybody understands AppGratis is first and foremost a community, a consumer service, an iOS app loved and used by millions in the world,” said Dawlat.

Dawlat disclosed that 400,000 emails had already been sent to the save AppGratis campaign email account, along with “20,000 supportive tweets” posted since the petition went live.

He added: “We expect much, much more in the next days. We needed a strong vote of confidence from our users to keep calm and carry on. And we got it.”

AppGratis started the petition just days after Dawlat called rumours that his firm had been given a fair warning that it was in breach of Apple’s rules as “absolutely untrue”.