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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

eldavojohn (898314) writes | about 2 years ago

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eldavojohn (898314) writes "Developer Josh Begley, a student at Clay Shirky’s NYU Media Lab, created an application called Drones+ that allows users to track US drone strikes on a map of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Far from innovative, the app in question merely relays and positions strikes as available from the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism. First Apple rejected the application claiming it was “not useful or entertaining enough” then it was rejected for hiding a corporate logo. And the latest reason for objection is that Begley's content is “objectionable and crude” and "that many audiences would find objectionable." Begley's at a loss for how to change information on a map. He's not showing images of the drone strikes nor even graphically describing the strikes. From the end of the article, 'The basic idea was to see if he could get App Store denizens a bit more interested in the U.S.’ secretive, robotic wars, with information on those wars popping up on their phones the same way an Instagram comment or retweet might. Instead, Begley’s thinking about whether he’d have a better shot making the same point in the Android Market.'"
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chriscrowley (221157) | about 2 years ago | (#41180869)

I think it is a clever idea for an app. I wouldn't pay for it, but if it were free, I'd give it a try. If he open sourced it, like some other people do when their apps get rejected, it probably wouldn't be very useful (to those with developer accounts) because I don't believe that push notifications work in apps not in the store.

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