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Do not track drones: Apple rejects app

Posted by on August 30th, 2012 at 10:12 am | Categorized as Uncategorized | Tagged as , , , , , ,

Apple has rejected an app that tracks U.S. drone strikes, calling its content “objectionable and crude,” according to a report by Wired.

The app developer, Josh Begley, told Wired that his Drones+ program has been rejected three times, first supposedly because it was “not useful.” But it seems this latest pronouncement on the content itself will finally cause Begley to give up. “It’s literally just an aggregation of news, I don’t know how to change that,” he told Wired. The app is based on information taken from  the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, whose site collects news about the drone strikes and maintains a database of covert U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Drones are, of course, a controversial topic. (See Quoted: on weaponized drones and ethics.) Apple does, of course, have the right to block content from its App Store. (And it has, among them DUI apps, porn apps and some political apps.) But it’s worth pointing out when it does. In this case, the “objectionable” content is already publicly available news. Do iOS users need an app for that? Apple has decided they don’t.

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