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Update to popular Twitter client Tweetie rejected by Apple

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
News Categories: Apps + Games

Version 1.3 of Tweetie, a popular Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch, has been rejected by Apple due to the appearance of an offensive word in the site’s “Trends” data. “Trends” is a list of the most frequently referenced topics or words on Twitter at that moment. A picture of the offensive language in question is available online (NSFW), while a list of the improvements expected in version 1.3 is available here. Tweetie 1.2.1 is available now in the App Store and sells for $3.

Update: Tweetie 1.3 has been resubmitted and approved, and is now available from the App Store.

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1

And that blasted Safari should also dissapear from the AppStore! I caught a friend of a friend wink browsing porn sites….

Seriously, this is ridiculous… but then again… I should rather buy another fart app than upgrading Tweetie, right Apple?

Posted by Mario on March 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM (PDT)

2

How is this grounds for rejection? Should Apple also remove video viewing from iPods because somebody can watch porn with them? Should email support be removed because people can send dirty messages to one another? Should the youtube video support be removed because many have adult subjects and language?

That an application could be rejected because they don’t bother to censor a simple query on what users are doing with it boggles my mind.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on March 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

3

I’m not clear on the cause of the rejection.  On first read I thought that the reason for the rejection was that photo linked above was an actual screenshot included with the update submission. On a reread, and a read through of the comments, I’m unclear. The assumption is that the application was rejected because it could potentially display offensive material.  If that’s the case, then that is, of course, ridiculous. The content in question is directly from the web and readily available in Safari as well as any other Twitter client, including Tweetie 1.2.1, available in the ap store, so it makes no sense what-so-ever. But if the rejection was, as I had originally assumed, because the linked screenshot was included as part of the application submission (as one the screenshots you can see in the ap store), then I have no problem with Apple’s rejection. A screenshot without offensive language would be an easy fix.

Posted by Rob E. on March 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM (PDT)

4

Okay, so I’m not the only one confused, but the word is that this was not a screenshot sent to Apple, but rather a screenshot sent from Apple explaining why the ap was rejected.  See atebits Twitter feed for details.

Which makes it all kinds of stupid.

Posted by Rob E. on March 10, 2009 at 3:36 PM (PDT)

5

Well, cooler heads have obviously prevailed as Tweetie 1.3 is available right now in the App Store. I just downloaded the update.

Posted by Railrider on March 10, 2009 at 8:38 PM (PDT)

6

It was approved late last night.  I’m using it now.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on March 11, 2009 at 5:11 AM (PDT)

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