“A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is accusing Apple of unreasonably rejecting an iPhone attack app that accused his Democratic rival of voting to raise taxes and cut spending on Medicare,” Declan McCullagh reports for CNET. “Ari David, who’s vying for the June 8 Republican nomination in the district that includes West Hollywood, says Apple claimed that his free iPhone app was ‘defamatory.'”
“The app targeted incumbent Henry Waxman’s voting record using pointed phrases like ‘Soviet-style regulation,'” McCullagh reports. “Under the App Store policy, ‘it’s fine as long as you show pictures of yourself with puppies and kittens, but don’t talk about the guy you want to replace in Congress,’ David, who has worked as a writer, actor, and stand-up comedian, told CNET on Friday.”
“Apple may believe that Democrats would be offended by a political app that says Waxman ‘supported cap & trade legislation that would have brought us $7 a gallon gas,'” McCullagh reports.
“This is hardly the first time, of course, that Apple has been the target of complaints alleging arbitrary App Store exclusion,” McCullagh reports. “Cartoonist Mark Fiore had to win a Pulitzer before his app was approved; it had been denied on the grounds that it ‘ridicules public figures,’ which Fiore intended to be the point of the exercise And Apple rejected, and then permitted, apps offering political caricatures and a defense of a government-run health care system.”
McCullagh reports, “David, one of five Republican primary candidates vying to challenge Waxman, an influential committee chairman, thinks the Apple employees who rejected his app were acting on their own personal biases. ‘That’s fine, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t go out and tell the world that that’s what happening with my candidacy.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of the politics involved in this specific instance, we’ve long said that Apple should be concerned about apps’ technical quality and adherence to the SDK agreement, not the ideas that the app espouses. For more detail, and what types of apps we believe should be rejected no matter what, please read our take here.
Also of note, we just ran the following searches Apple’s U.S. App Store and found:
• “Conservative” – 93 apps
• “Republican” – 100 apps
• “Liberal” – 54 apps
• “Democrat” – 70 apps
(note: some apps may be counted in multiple categories)
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]