Apple Rejects Drone Strike Notification App

Drone+, which drops a pin on the map whenever a U.S. drone makes a kill, was rejected by Apple first as “not useful,” then as “objectionable.”  Because the whole point of drone killings is that we don’t have to know or think about them. CNET writes:

Apple has rejected an iPhone app designed to keep track of fatalities caused by U.S. drone strikes for its “objectionable” content.

Drones+ sends text messages to iPhones whenever the media reports casualties resulting from a drone strike and shows users the locations of drone strikes on a Google map.

Apple has rejected the app three times this summer, the most recent of which cited App Store guidelines that prohibit “objectionable” content, according to Josh Begley, the app’s creator. “I totally understand it from Apple’s perspective,” he said. “They don’t want to have anything that could be considered controversial by anyone. I get that, and I understand that.”

5 Comments on "Apple Rejects Drone Strike Notification App"

  1. Ahhh…Apple is telling us that the govt is making “objectionable” choices. I don’t know if I trust an anti-govt company.

    I’m making a sarcasm detector app by the way.

  2. Hadrian999 | Aug 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm |

    apple loves helping big brother cover things up, this goes right along with the iphone cam killswitch, apple c ant be allowed to destroy all it’s rivals like it is attempting.

  3. This is the problem with having a walled garden.  I don’t entire blame Apple for not wanting to be associated with this application, for a variety of reasons (it’s moderately controversial, and controversy doesn’t always mix well with making money).  The real point is, if they DIDN’T insist on having such a closed ecosystem, there’d be absolutely nothing wrong here, as they wouldn’t HAVE to be associated with the application for it to be allowed to run on hardware made by them…it’d just be another independently produced computer program, no more linked to them than pornographic videos are linked with DVD player manufacturers.  It’ll be interesting if the day finally comes when Apple realizes that the walled garden may very well hurt their interests more than it hurts the interests of the consumers.

  4. The only people who would sign up to this app are stupid fucking yanks who get a hard on everytime they hear “tango-down”. I should think apple would find the content objectable, as it turns a terrible situation that people are living into a “lawl” moment for you fucking americans.

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