Sunday, May 17, 2009

Apple’s Rejection of “Me So Holy” App Creates a Mix Reaction

After the chaotic controversy regarding the rejection of the Nine Inch Nail and the Baby Shaker app, Apple has once again created a similar situation for itself by disapproving the “Me So Holy” iPhone application to get into the App Store. But this time it was a bit more serious as the app directly pointed at the religious faith of people. While some spoke for the iPhone app developer, the others for a change took the side of Apple. According to the company the “Me So Holy” app contains some “objectionable” content, which violates the Section 3.3.12 of the SDK Agreement that states:

“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”

What’s the App About?

Now the question is what on earth does this app do to offend its users? Well, with this app users can take a picture of themselves or friends from their iPhone photo gallery and put their faces within a religious figure and add a text to it, simply for the sake of fun. They can further save and share the image with their friends via email or directly upload it on Facebook.

The Controversy

The argument started around the figure that people all over the world associate with Jesus. What struck them the most is the fact that the image people associate with Jesus has undergone several changes over hundreds of years and now nobody can say how Jesus looked like originally. So there is no point in fighting over something that nobody knows. However, the image does not in anyway disrespect Jesus or the religious belief of humankind. According to the developers Apple is being too sensitive on deciding what the users of iPhone should and should not want to view on their personal devices.

Considering the reason Apple gave behind rejecting the other two apps, “Me So Holy” app developers were highly disappointed when the company put religion at par in the same category with these violent apps, which indeed contained several offensive contents.

On the other hand there are a handful of people who do consider the “Me So Holy” app to be objectionable and thus argued in favor of Apple for rejecting the app to get into the App Store. However, Apple had always had their own ways of accepting applications, which no iPhone developer has yet been able to counter.

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