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11-09-2009, 05:40 AM #1
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."
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."
11-09-2009, 07:55 AM #2
I am continually angered more and more by the half-a** approval process of Apple's app store. If it wasn't for the Cydia store there wouldn't be any useful apps on my iPhone. Cydia FTW
11-09-2009, 07:55 AM #3
Well, it is an autobiography and exposition of his political ideology. Sold at Amazon and available through Kindle. I think this might have been why App Store allowed it to go through, then recinded. Who knows.
Last edited by metaserph; 11-09-2009 at 08:33 AM.
11-09-2009, 08:06 AM #4
11-09-2009, 08:13 AM #5
Some body over there needs to learn spanish! And honestly how could you not tell with that Nazi symbol isn't that just obvious?! Maybe they have someone who's for the Nazis accepting apps!
11-09-2009, 08:42 AM #6
Haha. That's mess up. But it's kind of funny too.
11-09-2009, 09:02 AM #7
William Shirer's seminal work, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has a swastika on the cover. Wow. Why should people be allowed to study history at all? We should just ignore it and have it go away. No sense in trying to understand the minds of neo-fascists and neo-nazis.
Also, freedom of press and free speech are completely over-rated. We should let Apple control our lives. Heil Steve!
(for those unable to understand, the above is sarcasm - no, I'm not a skinhead or a neo-nazi or a fascist; I think they're pathetic criminals whose mommies probably ignored them as children)
11-09-2009, 09:21 AM #8
11-09-2009, 09:25 AM #9
Mind boggling! Apple is so full of crap when it comes to their approval process...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
11-09-2009, 09:41 AM #10
Read about this over the weekend. Didn't want to mention it on here because there is always going to be someone who will defend it or make some ridiculous anti-semetic and therefor piss me off. But so far so good.
Apple, WTF were you thinking??
11-09-2009, 09:43 AM #11
I agree, I guess there aren't a lot of people asking why Apple shouldn't censor this book. Why do I need Apple telling me what books to read and which books not to read. That reminds me of something Hitler would do. Heil Steve.
11-09-2009, 10:19 AM #12
Next will be Huckleberry Fin and Alice In Wonderland. This doesn't make sense, but then again that's how Apple rolls.
11-09-2009, 10:22 AM #13
Of course Mein Kampf racist, but it's also historically important. I don't understand this censorship at all. Information is just information, if you know the source, I don't see a problem.
11-09-2009, 11:03 AM #14
This is stupid (taking it down, not putting it up) is should be up on the app store, it is a valid book why not let it be a ebook
11-09-2009, 11:17 AM #15
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11-09-2009, 11:31 AM #17
I'm am firmly convinced the app store approval process is conducted by monkeys acting randomly. Prove me wrong!
11-09-2009, 11:43 AM #18
Good lord, this should ABSOLUTELY be allowed to stay up, it is a book of history, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I got so mad at OP, no one dropped the ball, someone was thinking SENSIBLY! There's nothing wrong with a damn book.
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11-09-2009, 11:59 AM #19
I really don't understand the op here. You should be aware that banning books is NEVER, EVER the right way to go. Never. Mein Kampf may contain racist material, but it is incredibly significant, historically. This is not just some vague racist material written by some guy who had little historical weight, this part autobiography and part ideological exercising is what lead to the deaths of millions. EXTREMELY HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT.
The only things I would nitpick about with this:
a.) Reading age minimum should be raised
b.) Overreacting bloggers should realize that this book isn't an infectious virus, it's a book just like any other, but even moreso: historical significance
11-09-2009, 12:01 PM #20