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Apple bans game showing how it abuses workers

A game based on the woeful lives of workers building wondrous smartphones for rich westerners to fiddle about with has been banned from Apple's App Store.

The jolly app named Phone Story initially made its way onto Apple's online shop before being yanked by Apple stormtroopers claiming the game broke its rules, according to the game's developer.

"Phone Story was pulled from the iTunes App Store on Tuesday September 13 at 11.35am, only few hours after its official announcement," the developer's blog notes.

According to that post, Apple said the game violates guidelines which state: "Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected," and: "Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected. "Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free," the gadget maker says.

Furthermore, "The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS," Apple states.

The developer said it contests these latter violations "since it's not possible to make donations through Phone Story."

According to its blog, the developer now has a couple of options ahead of it:

"Produce a new version of Phone Story that depicts the violence and abuse of children involved in the electronic manufacturing supply chain in a non-crude and non-objectionable way," or: "Release a version for the Android market and jailbroken ios devices."

We prefer the second option.