Well this sure is surprising. Apple, which is notorious for rejecting apps that appear to poke just a little bit innocent fun at political figures like George Bush and Barack Obama, has accepted a Spanish translation of Hitler’s Mein Kampf as an e-book into the iTunes App Store.
Even more disturbing is that the app’s icon prominently features a medallion with a swastika sitting smak dab in the middle. Now how in the world did Apple’s app store review team ever let this one through? Mein Kampf was written by Hitler in 1923 and is part autobiographical and partly explains Hitler’s hateful political ideology. It’s naturally filled with a plethora of racist content and it’s pretty mind boggling that Apple’s app store censors let this one slide through.
Now some might be quick to argue that this is a free speech issue, but Apple isn’t a public forum and as has been evident over the past few months, it has no reservations about rejecting apps for even the smallest improprieties. That being the case, why would Apple allow such a book into iTunes at all? And even if we presume that the book is available merely as a means for historical study of the events leading up to World War II, wouldn’t you think that someone at Apple would have had a problem with the swastika used as the apps icon?
Update: As a clarification, we’re not advocates of censorship by any means, but Apple operates the app store using its own standards for what constitutes offensive and inappropriate material. If Apple wants to let everything into the app store with with little to no review, then by all means – but that’s not how Apple operates and the acceptance of Mein Kampf is completely dumbfounding considering some of the apps Apple has rejected. And again, at the very least, an app with a swastika for an icon should raise some red flags.