Refugee aid app pulled from store after being outed as fake

Apple has pulled an app from the App Store that claimed to offer assistance to refugees lost at sea after it was revealed as a fake. The “I Sea” app claimed to use real-time satellite footage in order to spot refugee boats that were in need of help so that they could be reported to the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station.

However, upon closer inspection, the app was revealed to simply use a static image rather than display any real-time information. Grey Group, which developed the app, made a statement on their website that says that the app is currently in “testing mode” and that “the satellite images available are not in real-time,” This information was reportedly not included on the App Store.

This story began to unravel when developers from around the world started to pull apart the inner workings of the app. Critics have claimed that the non-functional app was merely a marketing stunt from the ad agency, rather than a genuine attempt to help refugees.

 
 
 
 

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