Apple Playing App Store Politics in Congressional Race?
Apple has been accused of playing politics in a Southern California Congressional race. Others, of course, are saying that Apple is simply abiding by its own policies.
Here's how it all started.
A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (Ari David,) is laying into Apple for "unreasonably" rejecting an iPhone application that was created by his campaign to take a jab at the incumbent rival (Henry Waxman). The application served up a plethora of accusations, including claims that Waxman has an unfortunate history of voting to raise taxes and trying to bankrupt Medicare.
Apple rejected the free app citing that it was "defamatory" and clearly in violation of the developer license agreement, which holds that applications cannot contain any "offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind." So regardless of whether or not the fact-checkers of the political world validate Ari David's accusation against Waxman, the application remains of a "derogatory" nature - at least according to Apple.
Nonetheless, some are saying that Apple is "picking favorites." More than one Apple critic has even gone as far as to say that Steve Jobs must personally be opposed to Ari David's candidacy, although there isn't one shred of evidence to support such a wild claim. Those accusing Apple of playing politics, however, should recall that Cupertino is always quick to kick out any app that even remotely resembles content that could be offensive - for instance, last November's (initial) rejection of "Bobble Rep
," an app that included caricatures of all 540 members of both houses of Congress. In the final analysis, Apple decided that the application "mocked" the elected leaders portrayed within.
Strange but true, Apple has is now involved in a Congressional race that, more than likely, the company wanted nothing to do with in the first place. But despite the rejection, David is making a stink about the app probably as a way to stand out in the crowded field of five Republican primary candidates aiming to challenge Waxman in the 2010 general election.