Apple Pulled This App From iTunes the Same Day It Won a Lion at Cannes

Amid controversy over functionality

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CANNES, France—Apple yanked an app from iTunes just hours before it won a bronze Lion at this week's creative festival. The move came after a tech blogger called out the I SEA app—designed to help users find migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea—for being "fake," and the agency responsible admitted that the product is still in its testing phase and not ready for public distribution.

The app, which was created by Grey Singapore for the privately funded migrant rescue service Migrant Offshore Aid Station, or MOAT, won media coverage before the festival began.

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