Apple Rejects App that Tracks Drone Strikes
Apple can’t make up its mind why it dislikes an app that tells people where the U.S. has launched drone strikes overseas. The company just knows it doesn’t want this type of geo-political information on the iPhone.
Three times now Apple has blocked Drones+ from being sold in its App Store. The app provides a pop-up notice whenever an unmanned aerial vehicle has attacked someone outside the U.S. (usually in Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia). It then shows a map pinpointing the location of the strike and provides access to news stories about the attack.
But the app does not reveal photos of the attack. Nonetheless, Apple said in its latest rejection of Drones+ that the content was “objectionable and crude.” App developer Josh Begley received an email this week from Apple saying that “We found that your app contains content that many audiences would find objectionable.”
Before that, the company rejected the app on grounds of it being “not useful” and some other problem involving a corporate logo.
The app’s creator, Josh Begley, told Wired he was thinking of redesigning Drones+ to see if the change could overcome Apple’s objections. But if the main problem is the content itself, then he doesn’t see a way around it.
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Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes (by Christina Bonnington and Spencer Ackerman, Wired)
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