updated 03:20 pm EST, Mon December 6, 2010
Accuses Apple of fostering 'nanny state'
A Danish tabloid, Ekstra Bladet, has taken to pillorying Apple and its CEO over the rejection of an iOS app, Fortune writes. The Danish newspaper has a regular feature called "Side 9," depicting a topless or fully naked woman. App Store rules forbid material that can be interpreted as pornographic, which recently resulted in the Ekstra Bladet app being blocked from sale so long as the Side 9 section is included.
The paper has refused to remove Side 9 from the software, and is currently engaged in a campaign criticizing Apple policies. A Monday cartoon depicts Steve Jobs painting over one of the Side 9 girls, and an editorial calls the company "narrow-minded," having deemed the nude women too offensive despite their being allowed in Denmark. Apple is accused of representing a "nanny state" that controls the smallest details of a person's life.
"Danish legislation becomes inoperative by a private American company. No matter what it is about, no one should tolerate it. We will certainly not," a translated portion of the editorial reads.
Apple recently barred another Danish publication from the App Store, Android Magasinet. That case may be more controversial, as the magazine simply talks about the Android platform, Apple's main competition in the mobile realm. There are no App Store rules expressly forbidding publications about Apple rivals.