when vendors act like regulators

The app store revolution is at once, breath-taking and mundane.

And in some cases the mundane and the spectacular are hard to sort apart. I don’t know about you, but quasi-legal boundary setting seems to me to be on the rise.  Not only with every app-market in play, but with every social frontier that marketplace encounters. And sometimes more than once. Which makes me wonder how soon some lawyer will draw us back to phrases like: “may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.”

Say when a person is texting while driving.

Or more innocuously, when one steps off the curb, lost deep in engagement.

Should we rush to judgement of other agencies and organizations, surely one day our judgement will come home to roost, in ways that we least expect it. 

Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman, said the company had removed the app “because it violated our developer guidelines.” Ms. Muller added: “Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.”

The $1.99 WikiLeaks App was taken down on Monday after being available for just three days. It is not clear how popular it was. Its developer promised to donate $1 for every download to organizations that “promote the future of online democracy. ”

via Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store – NYTimes.com.

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