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Apple reverses course on Tweetie 1.3 approval

updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed March 11, 2009

Apple approves Tweetie 1.3

Having only recently rejected the application, Apple has chosen to reverse its decision and approve the release of Tweetie 1.3 at the App Store. The Twitter client was initially rejected due to a provision in submission guidelines, stating that "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive, or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod Touch users."

The difficulty is that Tweetie provides access to a section called Twitter Trends, which displays topics of common discussion on Twitter without prejudice to words that might be considered obscene. Apple is believed to have rejected the app because of recent trends highlighted through Tweetie, rather than any inherently offensive material; banning an app solely because of search results, however, would theoretically disqualify the built-in Safari browser.

Tweetie 1.3 introduces a variety of minor changes, such as a dark theme, picture uploads through yfrog and Mobypicture, and integration of, Tweetshrink and Twitlonger. Language options now also include native German and Russian versions. The app is currently available for $3.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dbikel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I know this is a small point, but did Apple really misspell "judgment" as "judgement" in their submission guidelines?

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ dbikel

    You shouldn't be so judgemental. :)

    "Judgement" is the original spelling after all, and "judgment" the American dialect variation. Maybe they have an English lawyer? Maybe someone is using a non-American spell checker?

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969


    judgement / judgment

    'Judgement' is British spelling.

    Maybe strange for an American company nonetheless but technically not misspelled.

  1. cwsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Using good judgement

    I've always spelled "judgement" with the "e". Never in my 40 years have I been told that it's wrong. My Mac's built-in spell check isn't flagging it as incorrect.

    I don't think I've ever used the spelling "judgment" without the "e". I do notice, however, that the spell check doesn't flag this spelling either.

    Usually we Americans tend to overlook British/Canadian/Australian spellings: we are becoming a more global society, after all. I have no quibbles about colour, flavour, honour or valour. I understand how to alphabetise, privatise, fossilise, or socialise.

    I could hardly chastise someone or question their honour for using a British spelling in America. After all, our language did originate in England: we don't call our language Americanish. Yet.

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