An app promoting a conspiracy theory featuring Hillary Clinton and
a child sex ring lingered at the top of Apple’s App Store and
Google’s Play Store for months, with both tech giants receiving a
cut of the revenue in the process.
The app, called “QDrops,” sends alerts about a conspiracy theory
called Qanon, an offshoot of the “pizzagate” fiction that claimed
Clinton was running a child sex trafficking ring out of the
basement of a Washington pizza shop that didn’t even have a
basement. Like many conspiracy theories, Qanon got its start on
4chan, an anonymous posting site that is a seedbed for extreme
thought and a large number of online subcultures.
Apple removed the QDrops app from its app store on Sunday after
inquiries from NBC News.
There’s a fine line between “right-wing news” and “dangerous conspiracies”, but App Store reviewers are there to make those calls. This is not a good look for Apple.