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Italians make Mussolini iPhone app a success

Italians make Mussolini iPhone app a success

An iPhone application that includes one hundred of Benito Mussolini's most famous speeches has been doing a roaring trade on the App Store among Italian smartphone owners, who have catapulted it to the number two spot in the software market's sales chart.

The app is called iMussolini and costs around 59p to purchase via the App Store. Its popularity in Italy has seen it outsell the mobile version of the game based on James Cameron's hit movie Avatar.

iMussolini has a range of material, including audio, video and text transcriptions, spanning the political career of the Fascist leader from pre-1914 to 1938.

It was created by a 25-year-old entrepreneur, who has seen sales of the app go from just 55 daily to over 1000 in a short period of time.

According to its creator, a follow-up app is in development, charting the continued history of Mussolini through his period of leadership, with the current app being described as "an unmissable bargain".

It is illegal to make positive comments about Fascism or to enact the salute typically associated with Mussolini within Italy and the app's creator has asked people who download and use the app not to make any statements in praise of the controversial ruler.

The app is a tool for learning about history and not a eulogy to Mussolini, according to its creator. However, a number of members of the public have complained to Apple about the potentially positive spin on Fascism associated with using the app.

Apple's Italian division has yet to comment on the controversy surrounding the app, which has been dubbed symptomatic of "a soft rehabilitation of Fascism in Italy" by academics.

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