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This week, a California political cartoonist was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Last December, Apple's App Store police barred his work from its hallowed online halls. As reported Thursday by Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab, Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Mark Fiore submitted his cartoon app NewsToons to …

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Defend Steve!

I can't wait to see all the comments defending Apple for this. I'm sure all the Steve worshipers will come up with some ludicrous BS excuse. Come on, let's hear them.... I need a good laugh.

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Grenade

How about...

"igroupies are too dumb to understand satire anyway?"

(Hey, it wasn't *me* who decided they shouldn't be allowed to see political cartoons, was it?)

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Well, it is Flash.

He should resend it as a Obj-C or HTML5 etc. It might go to another checker...

...with a better sense of humour. (Fat chance)

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Deliberately misleading

It's more likely that the "defamatory" bit is what Apple are worried about here.

Cartoonists and their publishers or editors /have/ been in trouble in the US and the rest of the world in the past for defamatory cartoons and given the nature of the app store it is entirely possible that a court would see Apple as a publisher - or at least any plaintiff would probably start their litigation at Apple's door because they have a bigger bank balance. If nothing else it's a drag on resources.

It's entirely possible that this could be fixed with a disclaimer that's probably currently missing from the app.

Sure, it sucks, but just because the guy won a Pulitzer Prize is doesn't mean he won't get them in legal hot water later.

Perhaps you would like to publish his future cartoons without vetting them if you think there's nothing to worry about.

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Jobs Horns

No defence

I've got a few Apple toys and I quite like them, iMac better than Windoze for me, iPhone works for me, will likely buy an iPad v2 yadda, yadda, yadda.

This censorship, however, is monumentally stupid. Why don't Apple just get over themsleves and have an "adult themes" section of iTunes & App Store with a second level of access protection if they're that worried about it? This would likely be their most profitablke section:-)

Simples.

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This is being reported differently elsewhere

Many sites are saying the developer agreement forbids “ridiculing public figures” and a quick search shows that it's not the first app to be rejected on those grounds.

I don't have access to the developer agreement, so is El Reg quoting the wrong clause or are the other sites incorrect?

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Linux

Apple censors...

Trying too hard to "protect us"

Hitler burned books that he did not approve of. Maybe Steve Jobs is doing the same?

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Stop

Now, now

There's no need to Godwin the comments this early.

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Godwin away

This is an Apple story, Godwinning the comments can never come soon enough.

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Jobs Horns

I hate to disagree

but I think for once (possibly the first time in recorded history even) it's actually justified.

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Cretin

Think what you like about Jobs, but he is no Hitler. Your moral relativism is disgusting and belittles the suffering and deaths of millions. Go hang your head in shame.

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re: Apple censors

“Hitler burned books that he did not approve of.”

Actually, Hitler didn’t – sorry to be a pedant. The book burnings you’re referring to was part of a NSDAP campaign to purge ‘’Un-German” elements from German culture – Goebbels played a leading role in this. The book burnings tended to be done by a Nazi student association.

Public book burnings were hardly a new thing – and in fact, there were similar ones organised by German students, for roughly the same reasons, over a century earlier.

When Germany was occupied after WWII, the Allies also destroyed tens of thousands of different texts that it didn’t approve of – including poetry. Note, that these works were necessarily by Nazi authors (or even contemporary authors) but were of a "undemocratic, militaristic and Nazi" nature. Definitions? “Everything American people think and call democratic." (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,776847,00.html). At the time, the Americans said this was no different than the the Nazi book burnings.

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RE: Apple censors

Quote: "Hitler burned books that he did not approve of. Maybe Steve Jobs is doing the same?"

Dear Moderatrix,

Can we PLEASE have a Jobs `like Hitler` icon??? (Think Jobs with a `Hitler` like mustache and appropriate Nazi uniform.)

Pretty please!!!!

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(Written by Reg staff)

Re: RE: Apple censors

What makes you think that

a) I have any say in these matters whatsoever and

b) that I would indulge you if I did?

Run along now.

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@ Tom Maddox

"There's no need to Godwin the comments this early" - why not? The parallels are inescapable, and the Godwinning (is that a word?) is actually appropriate. The reasons for Apple's decision are irrelevant, the result is all that matters. Free speech is one of the most important things we have in society, once basic needs for food, water, shelter etc are met, and anyone messing with them should be dealt with harshly.

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pwned

You have been pwned.

Sent from my iPhone.

On April 15, 2010 at 8:30PM, aniphoneowner@pwned.com wrote:

> Dear Steve,

> Why am I unable to view important cultural material on my iPhone?

> Cheers

> Sent from my iPhone

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Pass through not immune

Pass-through apps are certainly not immune - I had a version of my tech-news aggregator app rejected because they didn't like one of the headlines that one of the news sources was running the day they reviewed the app. Never mind that the site is accessible via Safari.

I also had the regular news version rejected once because the Washington Post has a search bar on their site, and that means the app could be used to find porn. Again, nevermind that Safari is much simpler for that purpose.

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"offensive or defamatory" content?

Just change the law and constitution. Not that big of a deal

Steve

[I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought of something similar - Coat please, I'm outta here!]

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Big Brother

Proves what I have said for a while

Big Brother will not come from our government, but from our corporations.

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Plus One

I've a feeling you might like The AntiTerrorist. Youtube search. Lovely videos.

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dumb

Can't help feeling that attacking a cartoonist is some of a dumb move.

Let's face it, your PR department wouldn't want you to end up on the wrong side of one.

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First amendment rights?

But then we are talking about the Jobsian states of Ameerica.

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The reality distortion field...

...doesn't have a first amendment. Or any free speech provisions whatsoever.

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Watch out Rik

Members of the "Jobsian Cult" could be outside your window tonight, thinking how to get inside......

I absolutely abhor all things Apple, have done since the first Mac; my brother & brother in law both had Macs & would evangelise. I was working with CP/M or unix (depending on project) at the time.

I recently installed iTunes on my XP box, so my nipper could use his iWhatever, what a sodding nightmare. The box *had been* up since 2004, as it only runs Mercury & (occasionally) a Quake server. OK, I admit, it is also the box where pictures of ladies without their vests may be displayed. Sometimes.

Box = borked, what a prawn. Note to self: Any Apple software/hardware = Nooooooooooo!!!!!

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Sorry...

But if you had a Windows XP Box running since 2004 without reinstalling: Shame on you...

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@karakal

Shame... Managing to keep XP running since 2010 is more impressive than shameful. My XP installs rarely made it more than a couple of months.

I, too, recently made the fatal mistake of installing iTunes on my old PC, running XP. - Wtf is bounjure and how the hell do you get rid of it? I've tried everything short of physically scratching it of the HDD and it still always keeps popping up. - No way in hell I'll be so much as entering an Apple website again.

And what is this "gap-less playback" it keeps determining? None of my other players does this and they play everything without a single "gap". - And no, I don't care about compatibility with iWhatever or Apple's own proprietary codecs.

Damn it... where did I put my Ubuntu DVD again?!

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Reg to the rescue

So.. The ban only became relevant when he won a pulti?

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Offensive apps

Apple doesn't ban offensive apps. How else can one explain iTunes? I know plenty of people who are offended by some of the music and movies sold there. Personally, I'd say don't buy it if you're offended, but I guess there is a reason they call it a double standard.

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Bbb..bbbut

"It's Apple's platform, they can do what they like with it" .. vomit.

</sarcasm>

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Critical Mass

Just needs enough developers to jump ship (or at least, consider iWhatever as a secondary platform), and the customers will follow - probably all the way to a certain robot/penguin halfbreed OS.

So what's keeping you?

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Nothing...

Already have a robot (Nexus One) alongside my Jesus Phone (tm). The only feature that is missing from the vanilla Android 2.1 is USB/Bluetooth contact and calendar sych. Was originally going to upgrade the iPhone - the Nexus is mainly for Android development - now I'm not so sure I'll bother.

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@M Gale

Sadly, the iPhone is what the "non-technical" crowd wants, regardless of it's features or usability.

And right now, if you attempt to go towards any of the other platforms, you are likely to get trampled by the hordes of iFans and the kind of developers that are *still* developing websites for IE6, on their way to worship at the Jobsian church of censored proprietarism.

I just hope all this blows up in Apple's face, not ours.

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Please edit Steve Jobs' picture....

...perhaps photoshop a little black moustache. A black comb-over might also help people better understand his motives and apparent respect for humanity. This could be used on the main Reg page (and also in the postings). The horns just do not do him enough justice.

Its amazing that the Apple corporation (and customers and developers of the same) continue to blindly follow Jobs' increasingly-insane power-mad rantings.

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Never Care Much for the Apple Kool-aid

Overpriced - I can buy/build three Win 7 machines for less than the price of an Apple Mac _____

Underwhelming - Too many holes in their offerings - Paper weight, Laptop on a stand, or CAD WS

Over-hyped - Apple sells computers; and yes they do crash and do get infected with mal-ware

Socialist Policies - "It's our platform and WE'LL tell YOU what you can and can't do with it"

Proud to be Apple free! They're really pulling out all the stops to make Microsoft look like Saints these days.

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get your left and right wings sorted out

Apple having socialist policies?? really?? If they had socialist policies the iPhone would cost someone living in Beverly Hills $50,000; whilst at the same time the people in Compton would get them for free.

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re: Never Care Much for the Apple Kool-aid

"Socialist Policies - "It's our platform and WE'LL tell YOU what you can and can't do with it"

Socialist? And where did you pick your politics, professor?

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Socialist != Authoritarian

Are you American by any chance? What is it with Americans and this insistence that Socialist = Authoritarian Communist? I've never heard the word used in such a derogatory way as from the lips/fingers of Americans.

Apologies if you're not from the US - but still either way you shouldn't be drinking /their/ Kool-Aid quite so much.

Otherwise I'm in complete agreement with you.

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It's all in the Jobs-Cult "Vision"

...just turn to page 523 of the Heaven's Gate ...er, I mean Apple, Inc - manual.

I bet this comment would be censored by Apple. Long live the king!

Seriously, it's looking like they could use to do some soul-searching up at Apple HQ. Their whilly-nilly approach to censorship, as I truly believe, is far less than one might expect from a member of the free-market economy .

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Hardly a day goes by...

...when something doesn't remind me why I've never bought any of Apple's crap and never will.

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What's the old saying?

"Don't pick fights with people who buy ink by the barrel."

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Jefferson...

"are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy?"

linux cause, y'know, i'm writing this on my n900.

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iHate!

Every day I hate apple more and more, I think of their 1984 add all the time and its clear that perhaps we viewed the advert wrongly??? Perhaps it was edited b4 screening and Apple were too embarrassed to re issue the advert?

Halo Icon because im sure he judges himself like that.

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WTF?

Serious question

Is Steve Jobs connected to the Scientology movement at all?

He seems to run a very similar type of operation/cult.

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I'd always assumed ...

... that he is. The behaviour just seems to fit perfectly.

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So what?

Fox News is deciding what is being said/broadcast on its own channels, both by paid reporters and unpaid contributors. The Register is also filtering content posted here. We have multiple sources of information so we can make our own opinion.

It's like lambasting the GOP for not being pro-abortion...

Get a life ;)

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Words fail me....

If you can't tell the difference between somebody telling me what I can watch on my own device and a content provider choosing what content to provide then I fear for the future of the human race.

I have a Samsung LCD and Panasonic plasma TV, I can watch BBC News 24 on both of them because they are merely devices for DISPLAYING content. If I wish to obtain a different slant on the news I can simply change channels to Sky News, CNN etc. Neither Samsung nor Panasonic try to limit what I can watch within the technical limits of their devices.

Have I put that in simply enough terms for you?

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This What

If you have legitimate information to provide you should contact the news desk at The Register or the author of this article. They are surprisingly responsive and for the most part unbiased.

Otherwise go away.

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re: So what

Must not feed the trolls. To be honest the only comment here that I've had censored was one bemoaning the lack of political assassinations in this country, which to be fair was pretty sensible.

Faux News is a just bad example in it's on right.

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Hypocrites

"Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content"

What about Playboy? Or do they have to have so much money that Steve Jobs will accept it?

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Pass through content

Apple is now setting extremely high standards for pass-through user content on dating apps like Grindr (which are already rated on the store for Mature Content).

The Tappliban will soon require complete control over all content through iall imedia ichannels.

http://www.towleroad.com/2010/04/read-grindrs-new-terms-of-service-for-puritans.html

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