Apple-Critical App is Released Then Banned On iTunes

Apple-Critical App is Released Then Banned On iTunes

An app which criticizes the life cycle of the smartphone caused a stir in the Apple app store.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 20 september 2011

An app which criticizes the life cycle of the smartphone was released in the iTunes store to the great surprise of its developers.

Phone Story highlights the supposed harsh conditions workers are subjected to in the development of such electronic devices, with a series of four mini games;

 To win, players must enslave children in Congolese mines, catch suicidal workers jumping out of Chinese assembly plant windows, and conscript the poorest of the world’s poor to dismantle toxic e-waste resulting from obsolete phones.

The 99cent app was promptly ‘banned’ from the iTunes store a few hours after it’s release; Apple cited the following reasons for its removal:

15.2 Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected

16.1 Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected

21.1 Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free

21.2 The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS

molleindustria, the developers of Phone Story, are now considering releasing a ‘non-crude and non-objectionable’ version of the app, pledging that 100% of the revenue generated will go towards organizations fighting corporate abuses. Phone Story is currently available for purchase on the Android Marketplace, and there are further plans to release a version for jailbroken iPhones.

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