Google decides to remove app promoting conversion therapy

Google announced it would remove an app that promoted conversion therapy from its Play Store after receiving pushback from an LGBT advocacy group. 

A company spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that it had removed the app for Living Hope Ministries, which promotes "committed, monogamous, heterosexual" relationships and says "anything less than this ideal falls short of God's view for humanity."

"After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we’ve decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores," the Google spokesperson said.


The tech giant decided to remove the app after LGBT rights group Human Rights Campaign suspended Google from its Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

"So-called 'conversion therapy' includes a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression," the CEI's footnotes said. "Pending remedial steps by the company to address this app that can cause harm to the LGBTQ community, the CEI rating is suspended."

Michael Burke contributed reporting.