October 30th, 2010


An update for those not following the story on the original two posts

It appeared that the transphobic "peekaboo" application everyone was upset about got taken down starting yesterday morning (the 29th); kirbyk found a report from GLAAD confirming that Apple had responded to "consumers" (that would be us) and GLAAD itself and pulled the application back off the store.

I've said this before, but: if you're going to have a 'walled garden' approach to apps, as Apple does, you'd better pay attention to what you let over that wall. If you have standards against defamation that say, "Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected," then you'd better not have an "except <foo>" in operational policy. You'd better mean it, and you'd better not screw up.

Apple did respond quickly for a large corporation, so that's pretty good. Hopefully someone will be getting a bit of a talking-to. Of course, having an open environment would've kept Apple out of this mess entirely, but.

Thanks to everyone who jumped on this, and now, having reset my studio for working on the last two tracks for Dick Tracy Must Die (hi, any strangers; I'm a musician, please feel free to visit the band website), I'm going to go get ready for Strowler Nights. Let's go have some fun, OK!
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