A man from Russia has gone to a Russian court to a sue US technology giant Apple. The man, Sapizhat Gusnieva, accuses the giant of negligence. Gusnieva says he ordered Bitcoin on his iPhone but instead received GayCoin. Despite having used a third-party app, the man is suing Apple saying they have a responsibility for the programs on the phone. In his claim, he says that as a result of receiving the GayCoin, he was turned, Gay. Strange times, huh?
The man is seeking one million rubles (£12,400) with his lawyer stating that he suffered and is scared. In his words, he stated that the crypto pushed him:
‘towards homosexuality through manipulation’ and caused him ‘moral and mental harm’. He further states that the 69 GayCoins came with a note stating ‘Don’t judge until you try,’ And so he did:
“I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships…Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents… my life has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again….Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm.”
At the time of writing this, there has not been an official response from Apple.
Will His Case Against Apple Hold?
In Moscow, it is prohibited to promote non-traditional lifestyles to minors. It is also common for LGBT persons to be attacked and their riots violated in the country.
While it sounds ludicrous and it is likely that Apple can fight it and come out on top, there is a bigger issue at hand. The man is right in saying that Apple has the social responsibility of ensuring that all their programs are properly vetted to ensure that they are transparent and competent. The real blame for the mishap goes to the third party who sent the cryptocurrency but Apple does have to answer for part of all of it.
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