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Apple Bans Me So Holy iPhone App

Apple has rejected the Me So Holy iPhone App on the grounds that the application violates a particular section of the iPhone agreement that deals with objectionable content.

Ironically, in this case, the process of approving or rejecting an application is very subjective. Apple claims that no application should contain "obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users”.

This could potentially open a Pandora box where everything offends everyone. For example, a Labour activist could say that a Conservative app is offending him or her. The Me So Holy iPhone app allowed users to replace the face of Jesus with their own face, something that Apple frowned upon and considered as objectionable.

The company also rejected an iPhone BitTorrent App, Drivetrain, from a company called Maza Digital's, saying that “this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third-party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store". A few Bit-torrent client, notably uTorrent, can be remotely controlled using the web browser.

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Our Comments

Apple is way more strict and controlling than Microsoft has ever been and it is certainly a bad thing. Apple's judgement regarding the approval or rejection of iPhone Apps has been very haphazard to say the least.

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