Apple, it appears, takes a rather dim view of political satire – at least where iPhone apps are concerned.
TechCrunch reports that Apple has nixed a seemingly harmless game in which depictions of President Barack Obama and other U.S. political figures jump on a virtual trampoline.
The news comes on the heels of Apple’s recent rejection of another would-be iPhone game which parodies December’s hurling of a shoe at then-President Bush. That well-known incident was widely satirized via online Flash games.
TechCrunch questions Apple’s censorship of Obama Trampoline:
Developer Swamiware was surprised to see its latest iPhone app rejected by Apple, and so are we. The application was a harmless game that let you select a known U.S. politician (both republicans and democrats) and have him/her jump a virtual trampoline…
Does the Obama Trampoline app actually ridicule public figures? It’s not obscene or pornographic of nature, so why was it deemed either offensive or defamatory?