Apple Finally Approves App That Tracks Drone Attacks

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App Store 2008Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has finally approved a controversial drone strike iOS app after rejecting it multiple times from the App Store, reports Mashable. The “Metadata+” app provides historical and real-time information about U.S. drone strikes around the world.

Data artist and Web developer Josh Begley originally submitted the app in July of 2012 under the name “Drones+.” As noted by Mashable, Apple rejected the app on the basis that it was “not useful or entertaining enough,” and “did not appeal to a broad enough audience.” Drones+ was rejected a second time in August of 2012 when Apple objected to the lack of “associated Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) branding” in the Google Maps images that were used in the app. The app was rejected a third time about two weeks later, because it violated an App Store Review Guideline by having content that “many audiences would find objectionable.”

As previously reported by Wired, Begley found Apple’s reasoning odd, since the app doesn’t incorporate any graphic images of drone strike targets, only basic information about where the attack occurred and the number of casualties. “If the content is found to be objectionable, and it’s literally just an aggregation of news, I don’t know how to change that,” Begley told Wired.

Approximately one year after the third rejection, Begley resubmitted the app under the name “Dronestream.” However, the app was also rejected two more times under the new moniker. But, Begley told Mashable that an Apple employee contacted him by phone in order to further discuss the app. According to Begley, the employee advised him to “broaden your topic” beyond drone strikes, since apps specifically about drones are rejected outright.

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