Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes
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August 30th, 2012
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While the information is publicly available, Apple has rejected a new application that would alert users every time a U.S. drone strike takes place. Citing reasons such as the app is “not useful” and “objectionable and crude,” Apple refuses to allow Josh Begley’s Drones+ application to be available on iPhones and iPads.
Begley is confused. Drones+ doesnât presentÂ grisly images of corpsesÂ left in the aftermath of the strikes. It just tells users when a strike has occurred, going off a publicly available database of strikes compiled by the U.K.âs Bureau of Investigative Journalism, whichÂ compiles media accountsÂ of the strikes.
iOS developers have a strictÂ set of guidelinesÂ that must be adhered to in order to gain acceptance into the App Store. Apps are judged on technical, content and design criteria. As Apple does not comment on the app reviews process, it can be difficult to ascertain exactly why an app got rejected. ButÂ Appleâs team of reviewersÂ is small, sifts through up to 10,000 apps a week, and necessarily errs on the side of caution when it comes to potentially questionable apps.
Appleâs original objections to Drones+ regarded the functionality Begleyâs app, not its content. Now heâs wondering if itâs worth redesigning and submitting it a fourth time.
âIf the content is found to be objectionable, and itâs literally just an aggregation of news, I donât know how to change that,â Begley says.
Source: Danger Room
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