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Apple rejects Tweetie 1.3 over 'offensive language'

updated 07:50 pm EDT, Tue March 10, 2009

Apple rejects Tweetie

Apple yet again has sparked controversy regarding the App Store approval process, with the rejection of Tweetie 1.3 over "offensive language." The said language was not contained in the program interface, as would be expected to bring a rejection, but rather in the search results (NSFW) showing the public Twitter "Trends" rankings, according to The iPhone blog.

Although developers would anticipate problems submitting an app that contained offensive content, Apple appears to be inconsistent when considering apps that provide search functions. Its own native browser, Safari, easily allows users to seek out and view content that could be deemed significantly more offensive than a few expletive words.

A number of other developers have voiced frustration over Apple's approval process. A call-routing app, Newber, has been under review for over five months already, without any formal explanation. An open letter to Steve Jobs recently complained that the AMBER Alert app is also still in review after an unreasonable amount of time, while the organization has been using resources to train its call center workers and other employees to accommodate the app.

Aside from the lack of communication and clarity, several apps appear to have been rejected because they compete with Apple's own software. A Gmail account utility, MailWrangler, was rejected because it "duplicates the functionality" of the Mail app.

The discontent seems to be growing, but Apple has yet to provide more insight regarding the specific criteria for approval.

by MacNN Staff



  1. UpQuark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope this address this.

    ..soon. Else, it will curtail the iPhone from being the runaway success it has been up to now. I don't think missing a few apps will be the cause of the declination of the iPhone, but word of mouth. People will Tweet about this.. and poof... iPhone is no longer "that" cool..

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let it go...

    This does sound oddly like censorship from conservatives... which is odd considering this is Apple. As long as the app is not "dangerous" (i.e, open the iPhone to vulnerabilities) it should be allowed.

    I can use the Google search tool to find all sorts of nasty words

  1. Go Bells

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pick and Choose censoring

    So, Apple doesn't want us to see bad words.. funny to me, since I can buy Snoop Doggy Dog's album from iTunes just fine, and sing along (and read the lyrics that show on my iPhone)-

    Yep, those are the lyrics that Apple is fine with me reading along to the song-- I just wonder why Apple is picking-and-choosing when to censor (I wish they wouldn't censor anything, it's not their job)--

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