Angry Trayvon App Removed on Google Play by Developer After Backlash

Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 10:27 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The Angry Trayvon Martin App, known simply as "Angry Trayvon," was removed from Google's app store by its developer on Monday after critics complained the game was racist and inappropriate.

In the game, a hooded actor, with the same name as the unarmed 17-year-old who was fatally shot last February during a confrontation with George Zimmerman at a gated community in Sanford, Fla., carries a baseball bat and assaults other characters, The Washington Post reported.

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Following the app's removal, developer TradeDigital released a statement Monday via Facebook.

“The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores. Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. This was by no means a racist game. Nonetheless, it was removed as will this page and anything associated with the game will be removed,” the statement read.

Before the app was removed, there was a petition created on Change.org calling for Google to remove the app from Google Play.

"The death of this young man is NOT A GAME," wrote T. L. Rowe of Raleigh, N.C., who began the petition. "This developer is using the Google Marketplace to exploit the death of an unarmed teen for profit while simultaneously promoting violence."

The app reportedly cost $1.99 to download.

Rowe's petition, which received only 160 signatures as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, asked that the app be removed "given the racial and social climate surrounding this issue and the unfair depiction of a deceased minor who perished as a result of gun violence."

The app became available to the public last Christmas, Fast Company reported.

Tech giants like Google, Apple, and Samsung prohibit explicit content or hate speech on their apps, frequently removing those that violate terms of service like the "gay cure" app and an anti-Israel app, which Apple itself removed from its store, The Post reports.

The "Angry Trayvon" app, however, was not considered a direct violation of Google's terms, despite that it offended some users so the search engine giant isn't responsible.

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