Some Old Fashioned Censorship


I haven't commented much on the developing App Store fiasco. In case you've been living under a rock, I'm talking about Apple's baffling system of denying and withdrawing application approvals in what appears to be completely random fashion. John Gruber wrote today about the most asinine decision yet. Apple, after approving numerous dictionary applications, decided that one particular dictionary, Ninjawords, isn't allowed to have naughty words. That is right, they censored a dictionary.

Not only did Apple force the developer to remove objectionable words, it also made them resubmit the application and start over. Enough is enough. It is nonsense like this that could allow Apple to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with the touch platform. I know there are explanations for some of the shenanigans that have taken place but for Ninjawords, there is no possible excuse.