Apple Bans Drone Strike App

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Apple has rejected an app that tracks U.S. Drone Strikes, reports Wired’s Danger Room. The app sends users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America’s many undeclared wars.

But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is “objectionable and crude,” according to Apple’s latest rejection letter.

It’s the third time in a month that Apple has turned Drones+ away, says Josh Begley, the program’s New York-based developer.

First, Apple called the bare-bones application that aggregates news of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia “not useful.” Then there was an issue with hiding a corporate logo. And now, there’s this crude content problem.

Begley says Drones+ doesn’t present grisly images of corpses left in the aftermath of the strikes. It just tells users when a strike has occurred, going off a publicly available database of strikes compiled by the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which compiles media accounts of the strikes.

Since 2004 the CIA has launched more than 300 drone strikes in Pakistan.

The CIA’s targeted drone campaign in the country’s north-western Federal Administered Tribal Region is one of three clandestine theatres in the US covert war on terror, alongside Somalia and Yemen.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 9:19 am .

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