Apple Removes Featured Watch App 'The Whole Pantry' From App Store Amid Fraud Claims
Apple has removed the award-winning healthy eating app The Whole Pantry from the App Store and its featured Apple Watch apps page amid allegations that its creator Belle Gibson committed fraud, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The report states that Gibson is accused of making false claims about her cancer diagnosis and failing to donate thousands of dollars collected during fundraisers to charities.
Apple had been promoting The Whole Pantry as a featured Apple Watch app on its website over the past week, although it has updated the page today to remove the listing. The app also appears to have been pulled from the App Store worldwide, based on spot checks of the United States, Australia, Canada and United Kingdom storefronts. The company has yet to comment on the matter.
Gibson is a 26-year-old from Melbourne that rose to fame for healing herself from terminal brain cancer without conventional treatment, although the report claims that she later admitted to possibly being misdiagnosed. She has since been the subject of intense scrutiny from her supporters and those that donated to her cause, and has disabled the Facebook page for The Whole Pantry and her personal Instagram account.
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The app is the product of the business, and the business is the product of the alleged fraud.
It would be kind of like Apple allowing an investment advice app from Bernie Madoff to stay in the App Store.
That should be everything you need to know about Gibson to understand what she is about.
It's a classic con, to offer the promise of something people want to believe so much that they're able to ignore that it doesn't make any sense.
Apple probably should have vetted this app better before featuring it, but I suppose they caught it before it really had a chance to be a problem.
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