iPhone Appstore Episode II “Ridicule Public Figures”

Apple strikes again. I think i will create a new category just for stories like this on. Gizmodo article presents Tales from the Apple Crypt :”Ridicule Public Figures”

Reader spectralogue tells us that this Chuck Norris joke generator app was just rejected by Apple because it “ridicules public figures.” Wait, what?

The Apple submission feedback person says that it violates Section 3.3.12 of the iPhone SDK Agreement, specifically where it says:

Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.

We wouldn’t say randomly displaying statements about Chuck Norris, which have been all over the net for half a decade now, qualifies as “defamatory content.” But then again, we’re not on the approval committee for Apple. Nor, are we fans of Chuck Norris jokes. Our parents might still be though, so who is Apple to deprive our parents of corny joke enjoyment?