CALIFORNIA: Apple has lightened up on restrictions that once banned cannabis-focused social networking apps from its App Store.
The tech giant reversed course Thursday night by making MassRoots, a social network for cannabis lovers, available on the iOS App Store a little over three months after banning the site’s app. MassRoots first became available through the App Store in 2013, but Apple decided to pull the app last month due to conflicts with company guidelines banning “apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances.”
To avoid running afoul of that App Store rule, MassRoots agreed to add a geo-restricting function that only makes the app available in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana, the social network said Friday in a blog post. That tweak apparently swayed Apple, as the app was once again available for download from the App Store as of Friday. (MacRumors noted last night that it was possible to bypass the geo-restrictions by signing up for a MassRoots account through the company’s website before logging into the app, though MassRoots founder Isaac Dietrich later said his site was working to close that loophole by Friday.)