Google withdraws ‘Bomb Gaza’ game after backlash
A mobile game in which users pretend to be Israel military forces bombing Gaza has been removed from the Google app store after a public backlash.
‘Bomb Gaza’, which is designed for phones and tables running the Android operating system, tells its users to ‘drop bombs and avoid killing civilians’ and had been downloaded nearly 1,000 times since 29 July before Google removed it.
The internet giants faced a tidal wave of criticism for the tasteless game, which reflects the real-life conflict where 1,800 Palestinians have been killed, more than 68% of whom were civilians, according to the UN.
The game’s maturity setting – used to protect younger users from seeing adult content – was set to low, meaning children and other young players were able and encouraged to download and play it.
Social media users reacted with horror and disbelief that a crisis that has cost the lives of so many and plunged thousands more into poverty and homelessness could be used as a topic of fun
‘We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies,” a spokesperson for Google said.