An iPhone application that recently made its way into the Apple App Store has sparked some controversy - a digital version of Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf translated to Spanish. The application comes complete with a swastika icon.
The fact that the application went on sale, for $1.99, is surprising in light of Apple's usually stringent censorship of what the company terms "objectionable content."
According to the blog TechCrunch, Apple has recently rejected an application by the electronic card company Someecards on the basis of "objectionable content that ridicules public figures" citing the following card and two others:
(Some Blog Website - the somewhat official someecards.com blog)
TechCrunch went on to mention that alongside Apple's rejection of Someecards, perhaps over the mention of U.S. President Barack Obama's skin color, Apple has accepted into its store an application called Asian Boobs, which depicts Asian women in suggestive poses.
In another questionable move, the Apple rating granted to the Mein Kampf application was 9+, indicating that it is appropriate for people 9 years of age and up.
Mein Kampf (My struggle) combines autobiographical elements alongside a presentation of Hitler's political ideology. Hitler dictated the book while he was imprisoned following his failed revolution in Munich in 1923. The first part of the book was released in 1925 and the second part in 1926.
In light of complaints, the Apple store appears to have removed the application from its inventory.
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