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Apple wants to show its support for the Je Suis Charlie campaign that went viral after the massacre in Paris when terrorists barged into the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people. Apple shows its support by approving the Je Suis Charlie app that can be downloaded from the App Store.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple was contacted by those who developed the app and Cook immediately approved it.
The Je Suis Charlie app was developed by a French news publication called Nice-Matin. Apparently, those who developed the app sent an email to the Apple CEO and asked him to review the app and approve it if he agreed to it. Usually, it can take up to ten days for an app to be reviewed and approved, before being released. In this case, the Apple CEO, Tim Cook, gave his approval in approximately one hour after receiving the email.
The new app called Je Suis Charlie, which translates as “I am Charlie”, allows its users to see be a part of the campaign and see how far it has reached. Once the users downloaded the app, it asks them to share their location; the users must put a pin on the map and the app adds the users to the Je Suis Charlie movement. The users can also see the locations of other “Charlies”. The app was released on Monday and as of yesterday afternoon it gathered more than 79,000 “Charlies”.
The phrase “Je Suis Charlie” has become a worldwide slogan used by the people to show solidarity after the Paris terrorist massacre at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office.
On January 7, 12 people were shot to death and three other were injured after a group of terrorists started shooting because the newspaper featured a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of one of the editions.
Je Suis Charlie is encouraging people to support the freedom of speech. More than 40 heads of state marched through Paris to show that the countries they represent supported the campaign.
The Je Suis Charlie app can be downloaded for free from iTunes.
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