Apple's team of reviewers rejected an app that aggregates U.S. military drone strikes in the Middle East from its App Store for a third time. Apple blocked Drones+ from the store on the grounds that many customers may find the app's content “objectionable and crude,” Wired.com reported.
“If the content is found to be objectionable, and it’s literally just an aggregation of news, I don’t know how to change that,” developer Josh Begley said.
Begley's app catalogs drone strikes, marks where the strike took place on a map, and links media reports associated with each strike speculating who the target was. The app was also designed to push notifications to users' iPhones, in an attempt to raise awareness about the U.S. military's activities, Begley told Wired.com. After three rejections, Begley said he's considering abandoning Apple and developing his app for Android.
Apple has the final say on all apps that enter its marketplace, with possible reasons for rejection including deficiencies in design, technical performance or content. Apple tends to err conservatively, disallowing any app that may be considered too offensive. Political apps such as the Obama Trampoline app, which featured cartoon politicians bouncing on a trampoline, have been banned more than once. Apps that heavily feature sex or juvenile humor are also frequently rejected from the pool of some 10,000 weekly submissions sent to Apple.
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