Apple backs down from Pulitzer putsch
Political toonist can 'resubmit'
Updated Apple has invited Pultizer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore to resubmit his NewsToons iPhone app that was rejected last December because it "ridicules public figures."
"I feel kind of guilty," Fiore told The Wall Street Journal, "I'm getting preferential treatment because I got the Pulitzer."
Well, Mark, that too. But perhaps the real reason an Apple rep gave you that conciliatory phone call was because Cupertino received an avalanche of bad press after Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab broke the news on Thursday that Apple had deemed your artistically expressed opinions in violation of its licensing-agreement ban on "offensive or defamatory content."
As The Reg also noted, this time Apple had gone too far:
- Columbia Journalism Review: "The press has got to step back and think about the broad implications of this. It would never let the government have such power over its right to publish. It shouldn’t let any corporation have it, either."
- The Washington Post: "Now that many news organizations use iPhone applications to publish their work, can Apple evict those programs if it doesn't like their content?"
- Wired: "...the publishing world is now officially on notice that the iPad is Apple's, and unlike with their print and web editions, they don’t have the final say when it comes to their own content on an Apple device."
- Barron's: "This is more than a little creepy...It's one thing for Apple to ban porn; but putting the kibosh on satire seems a little over the top, no?"
And that's just a sampling.
We can only hope that Apple has learned a lesson about freedom of expression - but, to be frank, no breath is being held here at Vulture Central. ®
He could accept what passes for an "apology" from Apple, and then immediately post cartoons showing Apple and Steve Jobs in a politically-humorous light, perhaps as a Prophet, dictator, or a school teacher. What a great opportunity to see how open-minded Apple actually is in terms of free speech!
If i were this guy...
If i were this guy, i wouldnt resubmit my app, i would take the stance that i submitted it once and it was crapple who took the questionable stance and denied it, so if crapple want to try and save face by allowing the app, they can find the original submission request and approve it, otherwise the app stays off the crapp store indefinately.
and seriously, after being humiliated like that by crapple, i wouldnt want to soil the like of my prize winning work by having it publish to the crapp store, crapple needs to be held accountable for their actions and not be allowed to backtrack in the name of some bad press.
No surprises here.
Here at Apple, we have complete and absolute control over our clients. No ifs. No buts. No nothings.
Unless of course we get bad press, or our bottom dollar is affected, in which case we'll bend over like the spineless twats we are.