August 30, 2012
A new Apple iPhone application which would send text messages to users each time a U.S. drone strike occurs has been blocked for the third time by Apple’s app store, who deemed the program “not useful.”
Labeling it “objectionable and crude,” Apple refuses to allow the program’s creator to offer the app to iPhone users, stating it violates the “objectionable content” guideline regulating software developers.
Josh Begley, the New York-based programmer that created the Drones+ app, says there’s absolutely nothing offensive about his app. “If the content is found to be objectionable, and it’s literally just an aggregation of news, I don’t know how to change that,” Begley told Wired Magazine.
The app would effectively communicate drone strikes conducted around the world to its users by sending a map to their phones illustrating strike locations, and would also send a short report from the UK’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, in addition to offering an optional push notification. It also tallies up recent strikes showing the most affected regions in the Middle-east.
Begley told Wired that his intention was not to formulate a controversial application, but rather to bring drone awareness into mainstream public consciousness by allowing app-users to decide what to do with the information, hopefully creating an engaging conversation topic.
In their most recent rejection on August 27th, Apple denied Begley’s app telling him by email, “We found that your app contains content that many audiences would find objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.”
According to TheBlaze.com, if Apple strikes down Begley’s app a fourth time, he will consider configuring the app for Android users instead.
It’s obvious Apple is attempting to save face for the very nation conducting most of the strikes. In Pakistan, for instance, it has been estimated that more than 1,000 innocents have been killed by U.S. drone strikes since 2004.
Watch a short a video on the very plain, limited capabilities of the Drone+ app, featuring material very few users would find “crude” or “objectionable.”