Apple Blocks App That Alerts Users To Military Drone Strikes

iPhone apps exist for all sorts of purposes: games and media to entertain, file viewers and creation programs for productivity, news for information on the world around you. To creator Josh Begley, Drone+ — which lets people know about American UAV attacks — fits the bill for that last type of app. Nevertheless, Apple has rejected his creation from the App Store. Again.

A Wired article chronicles the saga of Drone+, noting that Apple has blocked Begley's app for different reasons with each rejection. First, App Store gatekeepers said it was "not useful", and then bounced it back to Begley over some sort of logo issue. When Apple recently turned down Drones+ for a third time, they called it "objectionable and crude".

UAV attacks are probably the most controversial military tactic of the present day, often getting compared to playing a video game. (Meanwhile, there is a great video game that explores the mindstate of an UAV pilot.) Drone+ would have quickly connected users to information about such attacks, culled from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the United Kingdom.

Everyone may not want to be reminded that the public at large is unawares just how often robot planes are bombing locations across the world. But iDevice owner simple wouldn't have to download the app if they didn't want to. Apple isn't letting them have that choice.

Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes [Wired, via Twitter]


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    Apple's favourite book: George Orwell's 1984.

    He should have made a fart app instead. They are useful, unobjectionable and not crude at all. Apple would have passed it with flying colours.

      I think its a matter of light-heartedness.

      If I ran a shop, I wouldn't stock products with such sinister themes either, but they are free to set up their own stand outside all they like, and should! :)

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    Al Qaeda strike me as more of the Android OS type anyway...

    So is his app available as a website somewhere?

    Coming soon to android.

    Screw Apple (Big Brother) they were anti establishment in the 80's with that Superbowl comercial.
    Now they are the establishment attempting to control everything.

    Just put it up on a website then everyone can see the horror.

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