Google, the search giant, has removed an app "Make me Asian" from its app store following protests terming it as racist. The app allowed the users to design slanted eyes, attach a Fu Manchu moustache to the image, change the color of faces, wear a paddy hat and more.
The description on the app read that the user can enjoy a few Asian moments. There was also another app called "Make me Indian" which allowed users to change the existing features to Indian. The app allowed broadening of nose, growing long black hair and a feathered hair band.
A pastor from US organized the protest online terming it racist. The activist group 18 Million Rising also joined the campaign against "Make me Asian" with a signed petition from 10,000 users. The app was created by Kimbery Deiss, according to the reports.
The internet search engine, Google, refused to comment on the issue but has removed the app from its app store. The company also refused to take responsibility of app contents initially stating that android is an open source. Google also said that it does not look at individual apps but removes those which do not comply with its policies. It is a real surprise that Google whose policies particularly prohibits selling of apps that are defamatory or degrading allowed this app to feature on its app store.
It is also alleged that the app maker Kimbery Deiss' email id is invalid and if the reports are true Google has also added "Make me Auschwitz" and "Make me Black" to its app store.