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App Store Approval Process Reaches a Sad New Low

App Store Approval Process Reaches a Sad New Low

Posted August 5, 2009 at 2:52pm by iClarified · 8836 views
Apple has reached such a ridiculous new low in its App Store approval process that it is now removing words from the dictionary.

The company required Matchstick Software to remove numerous words from their Ninjawords dictionary application because Apple found them to be objectionable.

These words include some which have utterly innocent senses: ass, snatch, pussy, cock, and even screw.

All of these words are available in Apple's own dictionary as well as in other dictionary applications on the App Store.

On top of this censorship Apple is forcing Matchstick Software to carry a 17+ rating on their application even though the company gave in and removed all 'objectionable' words.

Daring Fireball's John Grubar writes, "Apple censored an English dictionary.

A dictionary. A reference book. For words contained in all reasonable dictionaries. For words contained in dictionaries that are used every day in elementary school libraries and classrooms."

We're not sure why Apple feels its necessary to repeatedly damage its relationship with developers; however, we can't help but see this as damaging to Apple in the future.

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ernstlustig - August 6, 2009 at 9:07am
The one and only 100% crime prevention is to put everyone in jail - including governments, judges, police and jail guards. The ultimate reason for political incorrectness on the iPhone is the existence of the iPhone. If Apple want to guarantee PC, they'll have to stop selling iPhones. They already made a good start by eliminating common sense. Soon they will eliminate all language, finally they will ban any software - including the operating system - from their devices.
Jay - August 5, 2009 at 9:12pm
What happens if I want to make a Application that informs Farms about their Cock Routines (Bird Cock) or any of those handy man Apps that tell you to use a certain type of Screw? Going to make them invent other words to use? Look.... I can make any word offensive if I wanted to but could really give a shit less. Maybe its time the FCC steps in and regulates Apples iTunes Store until they can figure out how to regulate it themselves.
Mike - August 5, 2009 at 4:20pm
C'mon Apple! Get it together!!!
Bogus - August 5, 2009 at 5:04pm
I think Apple has gone bizarre with power. Apple with great power comes great responsibility...not great stupidity....guess no one at Apple has ever watched spiderman thing you know they gonna block applications because of color...
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