February 14, 2014 Last Updated 9:16 am

App that tracks drone strikes finally gets approved by Apple

Metadata+ first was rejected three times by App Store review team

The Apple App Store review team is rather hard to figure out. Apps that deliver soft porn magazines, and obviously violate the developer guidelines (how did this and this get through?) are approved, while simple news reader apps get rejected?

Metadata-app-screenJosh Begley experienced the byzantine world of the app store first hand when he submitted an iPhone app that would give readers information on U.S. drone strikes. Using push notifications, the app would ping readers every time another drone strike occurred.

“The first thing that I did was make an iPhone app,” Begley told DemocracyNow. “You know, it was called Drones+. And the idea for it was really simple: It would send you a push notification or just ping your phone every time there was a U.S. drone strike.”

Begley designed the app as a simple newsreader app, one of hundreds of similar apps that get submitted to Apple each year. And the App Store team’s judgement?

“They loved the app, right? They loved it so much that they rejected it three times just to make sure more people would hear about it. Right? They said that it was excessively crude or objectionable content.”

The app was originally submitted to Apple as Drones+. Under that name it was rejected five times in total.

Then it was submitted as Metadata+, which was actually an empty app, just the shell of a news reader. Then, after Apple approved the app, Begley populated the app with the drone strike data.

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