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Apple rethinks ban on cartoonist's app

Posted by Christopher Shea  April 19, 2010 02:28 PM

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In the wake of some dreadful p.r., Apple contacted the Pulitzer-winner editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore and suggested that he resubmit his rejected iPhone application for approval. Apple had rejected the app because--hold onto your hats--the professional satirist had satirized some public figures, including President Obama, and mocking public figures goes against Apple's app-store policy.

Fiore continues to play the nice guy, speaking of Apple as if it's a beloved uncle gone astray rather than a control-freak with totalitarian tendencies, but Apple's move hardly solves the problem it created by insisting on total control of what goes on the iPhone. Fiore told Wired.com: "It seems like you need to raise a stink to get something political approved. That's what makes me a little upset, if you are someone people haven't heard of and have an amazing satire app, you won't get this through." (No Pulitzer, no app?)

Several bloggers have made the point that, rather than playing footsie with Apple, in the hopes that the iPad will save the news business (by helping to establish a new model for selling content), publications ought to forcefully push back against Apple's censorious ways.

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