Apple has recently removed the Wikileaks app from its app store. Clearly it was OK at some point to pass Apple’s strict guidelines, however according to the developer of the app there are 2 reasons why Apple has removed the app from iTunes. The first reason states “Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected”. And the second is “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users”. How can an app like Wikileaks get through the guidelines to start with then Apple later decide the remove it. The second guideline regarding the legality of apps and regions, I would like to know how and if Apple manage to block apps from regions, for example encryption is outlawed in certain countries, but searching on the app store I can find many apps that advertise encryption. I think it might be a case of following other companies, but Apple need to look at their guidelines and the apps they allow to sell (which they make money from), which in my view from the outside do not conform to these guidelines.
Apple and leaks do not go together.
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