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Satirical cartoonist kicked from iPhone App Store

Satirical cartoonist kicked from iPhone App Store

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore has had his iPhone app rejected by Apple in a move that will surely fuel the fire of those who believe the rules governing entry are too strict.

Apple believes that allowing an app which contains images that mock celebrities and politicians to go on sale on the App Store would be in violation of the terms and conditions of the platform.

Fiore had proposed launching his NewToons app, but was rejected in December for the perceived vulgarity of his work.

The rejection came because the application contained "content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.

This states: "Applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials [...] that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable."

Apple and Mr Fiore have both kept relatively quiet about the situation and neither could be encouraged to comment upon it.

Apple has come under fire since it began to pull apps which contained nudity, including apps operated by German tabloids featuring naked women.

There could be implications for the media at large as a result of this latest rejection. This is because many purveyors of traditional print media are hoping that iPad and iPhone users will soon be paying for their content.

However, if Apple is going to act as it has so far, editorial freedom could be in jeopardy.

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