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  • App Store Lets Hitler Slip Past Radar



    Over the weekend, an unexpected arrival to Apple's App Store took place.

    For reasons that pass anyone's understanding, Apple approved a Spanish-language eBook version of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. If that isn't bad enough, the application icon was a swastika.

    Within 24-hours, however, the $1.99 application was pulled from the App Store altogether. Gee, I wonder if anyone complained?

    The JP, which reported the story today, covered how EdibleApple, 9to5Mac, TechCrunch and TheNextWeb all took notice of the controversial app as soon as it hit the store.

    Bloggers were shocked that Mein Kampf made it through Apple's selection process and many reacted angrily.
    EdibleApple, a site dedicated to Apple news, rumors and analysis, wrote, "It's naturally filled with a plethora of racist content and it's pretty mind boggling that Apple's app store censors let this one slide through."
    From shocking to mind-boggling, the content was rated 9+. So according to the App Store approval process, the content was determined to be appropriate for readers over the age of nine.

    Indeed, someone dropped the ball.

    Although Apple has been criticized in the past for being "hypocritical" in terms of the apps it approves and those it rejects, at the end of the day, Apple is running a business and its understandable why the company would pick favorites - or at least those that further the goals and objectives of Apple. Approving the Hitler app, however, is beyond anyone's capacity for understanding, which is likely why its approval can only logically be attributed to an overlooked error.

    Despite the overwhelming number of applicants, Apple should not have these slips, TechCrunch argues. "This version of Mein Kampf is in Spanish, so maybe that's what allowed it to slip by the App Store guardians. But that's no excuse. If the Nazi logo didn't raise a red flag, I'm not sure what will."
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: App Store Lets Hitler Slip Past Radar started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      You guys say this should be banned and no one should read it, but there is an episode of Family Guy on right now featuring Stewie as Hitler and his uniform had a Mcain/Palin button on it. Should comedy featuring this kind of thing be banned as well? Just because it makes fun of a murderous *******? No. Maybe I should write to Fox and tell them I'm offended they would compare a veteran of the Vietnam War as a Hilter supporter?

      Personally I wouldn't read it, don't care to ingest that sort of thing. But if I were to read it doesn't mean I would sprout a 'stache and start a skinhead club. Get over yourselves and quit acting like people would go on murderous rampages over reading a book. Jeez.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      This is available through Amazon and Kimble. Those "morons" missed it too. Geez
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I, personally, don't think it should have been taken down. Some people, such as historians or people interested in what made Hitler do the things he did. He was a military genius, albeit an insane one, but a genius nonetheless. Plus, the Swastika was used before Hitler, he simple adopted it as his symbol and infamousized it.

      Also, if mankind doesn't learn about our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      What is the big deal about this? We can go out and buy the book anytime we want in hundreds of languages. Shelter me more and filter all the bad things from ever getting to me PLEASE...
    1. astalavistadear's Avatar
      astalavistadear -
      Apple to me is another hitler in the making with monopolistic and dictatorial tactics
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      so much for equal opportunity? ehh....free world. even the mona lisa is falling apart.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      History is history. Anyone that takes offense to history already has a problem with it before it becomes a problem within itself so therefore are the people causing the problem. DO NOT censor history or you'll be doomed to repeat it.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      I guess using this standard Apple would refuse anything that mentioned the US civil war since it had issues of racism. Apple is just dumb and they are getting heavy handed in their view that they control the world. They are going to be thier own demise, android phones are here so there is an alternative. Google should create the android app store.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      As im from Germany some background informations for this controversial discussion:

      - Remember that the Nazis burned and banned books !
      - the icon itself is distasteful and showing the swastika in public is a criminal act in Germany.
      - The "copyrights" of this book belong to the state of Bavaria. After the war the allied forces confisticated the property of Hitler. As he formal lived in Munich, the allied forces gave everything to the state of Bavaria/Germany, including the copyrights.
      - the copyrights will end until 2015 (after 70 Years)

      But the legal postion is very controversial and complex. So selling this book is allowed in the USA and other contries. It is not clear in what country Bavaria holds the coyright or if it even is allowed the confisticat copyrights.

      SO, maybe this all ist just a copyright thing, nothing more.
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      This Speech in Particular was a very powerful one; though it may have been negative in nature, it was a very important part of history and i see no reason why it should not be documented. There are people who try to forget about the holocaust, but although it was a terrible tragedy; people need to be aware that things like this happen. Stop trying to cushion people's emotions by making such a fuss over something like this.
    1. Xagest's Avatar
      Xagest -
      I think removing the book from the store bothers me more than the book itself. Sure, it's a book written by a psychopath, but it's still a book. It's freedom of speech.

      I'll let this slide, since the Apps store is a private sector, but I don't believe in censorship.