Update: Mark Fiore’s app is available in the App Store, TUAW’s Michael Grothaus reports.
However, when Fiore tried to submit an app to Apple’s online store containing the same editorial content, he was rejected. The reason? His app contained content that, in Apple’s judgement, “may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic or defamatory.”
Sure, mine might get approved, but what about someone who hasn’t won a Pulitzer and who is maybe making a better political app than mine? Do you need some media frenzy to get an app approved that has political material? I wish they would accept decent political material based on merit, not on popularity.
Take a look at Fiore’s work and let me know what you think. Should Apple allow him to sell his app, even though it does skewer public figures? Has the company’s self-filtering gone too far?